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BEIJING, Mar 6 - The State Forestry Administration briefed the fourth national giant panda survey results to the envoys of Embassies of countries which conduct joint research projects on giant panda with China.

The briefing was hosted by Zhang Hongyan, deputy director general of Department of International Cooperation of State Forestry Administration of China. Ms. Zhang appreciated embassies’ supports to giant panda work and China’s forestry development. It is hoped that cooperation with other countries will be further strengthened by timely communication and mutually support to well protect Pandas.

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Zhang Hongyan hosts the briefing on the Fourth National Giant Panda Survey.(Liu Zeying)

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GUANGDONG,Jan.29,Chinadaily - China's wildlife protection authority issued a warning to a zoo in South China's Guangdong province after several South Korean entertainers visited the zoo for a TV show filming and posed with rare giant panda triplets, reported the paper.cn on Wednesday.

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Four South Korean entertainers pose with the rare panda triplets in the Chimelong Safari Park. [Photo from weibo.com]

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SICHUANSichuan,Jan.27,China.org.cn - Giant Panda Sanctuaries, home to more than 30 percent of the world's highly endangered pandas, covers 924,500 hectares with seven nature reserves and nine scenic parks in the Qionglai and Jiajin Mountains, between the Chengdu Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The sanctuaries constitute the largest remaining contiguous habitat of the giant panda, which is recognized as a “national treasure” of China and is a flagship for global conservation efforts. This species is a relict from the paleo-tropic forests of the Tertiary Era. The giant panda feeds almost exclusively on bamboo in the wild and its preferred habitat is between 2,200m to 3,200m.

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Giant Panda Sanctuaries, home to more than 30 percent of the world's highly endangered pandas, covers 924,500 hectares with seven nature reserves and nine scenic parks in the Qionglai and Jiajin Mountains, between the Chengdu Plateau and the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

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CHINA, Jan 8, Chinadaily --Chinese authorities on Wednesday stressed treatment and disease prevention for pandas after two of the animals died of a measle-like virus.

Funds have been allocated to treat sick pandas and prevent the disease from spreading, according to the State Forestry Administration. It did not give specifics about the funds.

Zhao Shucong, head of the administration, urged effective measures to save the sick pandas and guard against the spread of the disease.

Two pandas have died in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, local authorities confirmed on Monday.

An eight-year-old panda named Da Bao developed a twitch after being infected with canine distemper virus (CDV), a viral disease that affects a wide variety of animals including dogs, primates and large cats, on December 24 of last year. Da Bao died on the afternoon of Jan. 4 from heart failure and lung edema.

Another panda, eight-year-old Cheng Cheng, died on December 9, 2014.

Two other pandas are ill, with one in critical condition, and four others have shown fever symptoms and been quarantined for further diagnosis.

More than 30 experts from across China are caring for the pandas.

Canine distemper is a viral disease that affects the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract, as well as the spinal cord and the brain. The infected animals usually have symptoms including high fever, eye inflammation, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. It is highly contagious with a high fatality rate and is commonly spread through contact with infected body fluids or contaminated food and water.

Prior to the epidemic, the wildlife rescue, breeding and research center of Shaanxi was home to 25 giant pandas. After the outbreak, the center sent its healthy pandas to nature reserves elsewhere in the province.

XI'AN,Jan.7,China.org.cn - A panda in northwest China's Shaanxi Province has died and three others are ill after contracting a measle-like virus, local authorities confirmed on Monday.

The four male pandas contracted canine distemper virus (CDV), a viral disease that affects a wide variety of animals including dogs, primates and large cats, early last month. Among them was eight-year-old Cheng Cheng, who died on December 9, 2014.

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