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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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CHINA,Dec.30,China.org.cn - China has 394 captive-bred pandas, according to the State Forestry Administration, 32 of which were bred in 2014.

China has been improving panda breeding with a set of triplets born this year, but the group's quality must be improved in 2015.

The triplets were born on July 29 in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. They are the longest living set of panda triplets in history and the fourth triplets ever recorded. In all previous instances, at least one of the triplets died.

CHENGDU, Dec.5 - Photos of a wild giant panda wandering with its cub were captured in a nature reserve in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The photos were captured by infrared cameras installed in Wujiao Nature Reserve under the forestry bureau of Jiuzhaigou County. It is the third time that an adult giant panda has been photographed in the area this year, but it is the first time one was spotted walking with a cub.

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