With only 1800 pandas left in the world, someone had to think of preserving their diminishing population! And coming to the fore like a knight in shining armor to do so is Global Studio Sasaki, the folks of which are all set to design a Giant Panda Reserve in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan district in Southern China.
Spread across 27 miles, the Chengdu Panda Reserve will be constructed at three different sites with a prime focus on “conservation, education, and research and an ultimate objective of improving [the pandas’] ability to thrive in the wild.”
The first site named the Longquanshan Panda Village will be located near the airport and will specially be designed for visitors on a brief stay, seeking to catch a glimpse of conservation efforts. It will provide an overview of the region’s history, food, and wildlife, including information about the prized native panda.
The second site named the “Beihu Panda Park” will accommodate an urban education center for those seeking a more immersive and informative experience. It will be linked to the city by public transit and will educate visitors about the daily lives of the pandas, their habitat, and ongoing research efforts to protect them.
The third and final site called the Dujiangyan Panda Wilderness will focus on breeding techniques and assimilation of the pandas into the wild. It will mainly function as a research center and will serve as a hub for fostering preservation of the dwindling panda population.
Looks like our pandas are finally in for a new and long lease of life and happiness!