Xinhua now confirms that pandas at the Wolong Center are safe. Information was provided to Xinhua by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) which received word by satellite phone from the Wolong Center. Eighty-six pandas are at the facility.
Pandas are also safe at Chengdu and small center at Xi'an. The SFA urged the Wolong Center to monitor the safety of pandas in the wild and rescue any that might be injured.
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This morning Deb and James Fallows reported the following from Beijing:
May 13, Beijing
To JDC and Sydney's Thumb:
Change in Story from Chinese TV
I just heard a longer report this evening on CCTV (7:30 pm PEK) about the pandas. This time they said the 60 pandas in Chengdu are OK. But they said they have heard nothing from the panda reserve in Wolong.
All the other area reports would support this. There is no reported contact with the Wolong area. Including groups of tourists.
I'll keep listening and watching. The weather is bad there now; rain, etc. They haven't been able to get any helicopters in. CCTV is starting to play somber music with their reports. I saw footage of Wen Jiabao, who is on the scene around the school disaster. I'm usually rather cynical about his appearances, but he looked quite undone by the scene, including little children crying at his feet.
(Sydney's Note: James Fallows is reporting latest breaking news from Chengdu on his Atlantic Monthly website: http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com )
Pictured below is Dr. Tang at the Wolong Panda reserve, taken last summer. Photo by Atlantic Monthly, rights reserved.
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Deb Fallows just reported this from Beijing:
( Please note that we will try to confirm this. Currently the website for cctv is not accessible.)
Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 14:57:34 +0800
From: deb fallows
To: Sydney's Thumb and JDC
Subject: Re: HR71: Plight of Wolong Pandas
I heard a report on CCTV about an hour ago. The desk reporter asked the Chendgu reporter specifically about the pandas at Wolong. The field reporter said, "The pandas are safe. The staff is taking good care of them."
No reports have yet been provided on the safety of the pandas at the main reserve at Wolong but Xinqua, the Chinese News Agency, now reports the following:
May 13 (Xinhua) -- The 60 giant pandas at a research base in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, were safe after Monday's devastating earthquake, sources with the base said on Tuesday. The Wolong Reserve is NNW of Chengdu. about 25 mi. from the quake epicenter (closer than Chengdu). It houses between 100 and 280 pandas, many of them juveniles.
The center is the only place in the world where the engangered giant pandas are found in large numbers. It is also very difficult to reach along a winding 2-lane road which is reported have been wiped out in places by the quake. 70 staff members work at the center.