Friday, February 16, 2007

I made a oral presentation yesterday about a video of Jane Goodall: A life in the wild. Dr. Goodall had been to China several times. When she came to China on 2000, she delivered a speech at Peking University. Some friends and I listened to her to describe the her life and study with chimpanzees in the wild. The most interesting is her description of a chimpanzee family—“F family”, every member’ name initialized with F. It consist of 5 female chimps: grandmother, mother, daughter, and granddaughter. Their daily life is so similar to ours.
There is a similar research in China about panda. Professor Pan with his students observe the panda population in the wild, and hope to find out a way to keep the panda population, since pandas almost extinct. His remarkable discovery challenges our commonsense that we always think low rate of successful reproduction of pandas is the main reason that results in their almost extinction. In fact, the loss of food and habitant are the key point. He also disagreed a research on cloning panda .


Hiromi said...

Hello, Fei!
I found it interesting to read about the Chinese professor's reseach on panda, and his opinion about cloning panda. We tend to think about using technologies we have just to increase the number of pandas, but what we actually need to think about is how we live to make this planet comfortable for human being and other animals.

Nina Liakos said...

I agree that loss of panda habitat is the main reason for the decline in the panda populations. However, pandas' poor reproductive success makes it even more difficult to save this wonderful species. I recently saw some pictures of a large group of panda cubs born in China at the Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breeding Center. They are so cute? Have you seen the pictures?