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Panda Ambassadors in Training (VIDEO)

Panda Ambassadors in Training (VIDEO)

The Panda Research Center in Chengdu, located in southwest People’s Republic of China, and the World Wildlife Fund have joined forces to promote environmental and wildlife protection by choosing Panda Ambassadors, or Pambassadors.  

Sixty thousand people from around the world applied, with 12 semi-finalists now in Chengdu being trained. From those 12, the final six ambassadors will be chosen. The six lucky “Pambassadors” will have a full month with the pandas at both the center and in the wild. As part of their ambassadorial role, they will document their experiences.

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4:55PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

Great

5:20PM PDT on Oct 5, 2010

Great idea!

6:10AM PDT on Oct 3, 2010

This will be exciting, educational and fun; Pandas are cute and lovely! But as Barb/Janet, Mike have put it.......what about so many other animals that are being cruelly treated? Hopefully these issues will also be adressed and it won't be just one animal receiving attention for the sake of "publicity".

9:25AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Panda Ambassador is a wonderful idea to promote the plight of Pandas in their country, but I believe they are not doing enough to save their wildlife through conversational practices. Sadly enough the way things are going with wildlife around the globe, we may only get to see them in Zoo's or in photo's in library books. It doesn't cease to amaze me how apathetic our society has become towards our wildlife, and how big money comes first above all else.

7:38AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Awareness is connection. It's amazing to me how disenfranchised so many human beings from the planet they live on. I so agree with no zoos! But having a species die puts me between a rock and a hard place with my stance. If only there were sanctuaries instead of cages!

7:37AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

Janet f, so well put, TY
"This is a nice idea, but I would be more impressed if China were to change their ways and protect ALL animals. Remember, this is the country that sanctions the killing of tigers, primates, etc. for their "medicinal value" and keeps bears in small cages for their bile, not to mention that they will eat dogs, cats or anything else regardless of its endangered status. These are disgusting practices by a soulless culture. So, don't give them a pass for this"

5:03AM PDT on Sep 30, 2010

IK vind Het EEn geweldig idee , zolang ZE MAAR niet in kooien opgesloten Zitten moeten

4:58PM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

ZOOOOOOOOOOS NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WILD IN WILDLIFE YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THESE ANIMALS SHOULD NOT BE IN CAGES OR BEHIND BARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY SHOULD BE WILD, IF THEY CAN'T CASUE OF ILLNESS OR INJURY OR REJECTION OR WHATEVER, THAN THEY SHOULD BE IN A SANCTUARY OR LOVING,CARING PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE LOTS OF ROOM AND LOTS OF ROAMING, NOTHING BUT LAND!!!!!!!!!!!

12:12PM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

excellent idea! Thanks very much for sharing this interesting article and great video x

12:05PM PDT on Sep 29, 2010

But will any of them be fit to return to the wild or will they be captive all their lives ?

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