Giant Pandas

SCHALLER – Giant PandasCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here’s a program from our archives.Ambience, Giant Pandas The sounds of Giant Pandas. Recent developments in the cultivation of bamboo may help save these animals, which have become symbols of endangered species worldwide. But the Panda is still threatened with extinction, by man. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.(Schaller) “There are only about a thousand Pandas left in the wild. All of them jammed in a narrow belt of bamboo in forest, very wet, cloudy area, along the eastern rim of the Tibetan plateau.”George Schaller was the first western scientist to study the Giant Panda in the wild.(Schaller)”Our main goal was to find out what can be done to protect the species for the future. We studied its biology in detail, we studied particularly the bamboo on which it depends completely for food. But in conservation, if you don’t address the basic issue, which is poaching, you’re going to lose the animal. Animals are being killed by the dozens for their pelts now, and these are exported to Hong Kong and Japan.””The law is there. It’s one of the strictest laws in the world. If you kill a Panda, you may be executed, and Chinese have been. But it has not deterred poaching. Because you can make five, six, seven thousand dollars, which is several years of income, from selling a pelt.”And it’s heartbreaking for biologists, because you see the problem, but there is tremendous indifference by the local officials.”This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Giant Pandas

The Panda is still threatened with extinction by poaching. This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration.
Air Date:05/28/2018
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SCHALLER - Giant PandasCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here's a program from our archives.Ambience, Giant Pandas The sounds of Giant Pandas. Recent developments in the cultivation of bamboo may help save these animals, which have become symbols of endangered species worldwide. But the Panda is still threatened with extinction, by man. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.(Schaller) "There are only about a thousand Pandas left in the wild. All of them jammed in a narrow belt of bamboo in forest, very wet, cloudy area, along the eastern rim of the Tibetan plateau."George Schaller was the first western scientist to study the Giant Panda in the wild.(Schaller)"Our main goal was to find out what can be done to protect the species for the future. We studied its biology in detail, we studied particularly the bamboo on which it depends completely for food. But in conservation, if you don't address the basic issue, which is poaching, you're going to lose the animal. Animals are being killed by the dozens for their pelts now, and these are exported to Hong Kong and Japan.""The law is there. It's one of the strictest laws in the world. If you kill a Panda, you may be executed, and Chinese have been. But it has not deterred poaching. Because you can make five, six, seven thousand dollars, which is several years of income, from selling a pelt."And it's heartbreaking for biologists, because you see the problem, but there is tremendous indifference by the local officials."This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.