UN Panda Ambassadors Visit Mainland China
A group of 15 people chosen to be United Nations Panda Champions for the Global Goals made a visit in China on Monday to learn more about the defenseless species.
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China.org reported that the ambassadors will be staying in the country until Friday. Initially, the group had 17 members but two were unable to make it to the expository occasion.
The members present in the group include the founder of the non-profiting group, a government representative, a communication professional, a researcher, a tech freelancer, a Chinese paper-cutting master, a university board member, and six students.
Vera Kalinina, 16, from Russia was among the 15 who made their first stop at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province. Kalinina was quite excited following the visit.
The spokeswoman for the Sichuan Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve, Chen Cheng, explained that during a visit to the site, the envoys will learn to take care of wild pandas and engage in wilderness training in order to learn about reintroducing captive pandas back into the wild.
"This will allow them to experience the whole process in person, from captive breeding to efforts to reintroduce pandas to nature," Cheng said.
The youngest member in the group is 11-year-old Madelyn Ruyle from Tampa, Florida. The elementary student, who is in her first Asian trip, was accompanied by his father Jim Ruyle, a pharmaceutical sales executive.
"She has loved pandas since she was six years old," the father shared. "She is eager to spread the word about sustainable goals."
Back in December, CNN reported that two panda twins that were born and raised in America were having a hard time adjusting to their new home in China.
"Mei Lun and Mei Huan (3yrs) are having a hard time understanding commands," read the report. "They prefer American biscuits to their new food options."