WWF releases Chinese panda reserve snaps

28th May 2013

The breathtaking diversity and beauty of life in the mountainous giant panda reserves of China is revealed in a new series of photographs and videos released by conservation organisation the WWF.

Captured using camera traps, the shots and footage feature a wide variety of endangered animals including leopard cats, the Tibetan stump-tailed macaque, red pandas and giant pandas.

Released to coincide with this year's International Day for Biological Diversity, the images were taken in the south-western Sichuan Province of China over the course of two years and offer a tantalising glimpse into these remote habitats.

The footage was obtained using 100 infra-red cameras, set up as a monitoring technique under the giant panda conservation programme.

The cameras were installed by WWF and their partners the local forestry authority across six nature reserves in the region.

The images have helped conservation officers gain a better understanding of the animals' activities, the impact of humans on the species and the management of nature reserves.

"The images demonstrate that through the conservation of the giant panda, a flagship umbrella species, we can also protect other threatened wildlife from the same habitat and preserve biological diversity," Fan Zhiyong, director of WWF species programme in China, said.

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