Monday, November 16, 2015

Some of us travel for adventure, for culture, for the opportunity to meet new
people.And some of us travel to see all of the adorable animals."Don"t get me
wrong.
I love the adventure, the culture and most of the people, most of the
time.
But I have to admit I have planned many trips where my sole purpose was
to spy some unique and adorable animal.
One of those travels took me to the Giant Panda Research & Breeding
Center in Chengdu, China, better known as the motherland for panda freaks the
world over.
It was there that I was handed my very own baby panda to cuddle
for about 60 seconds.
The baby panda was entirely un-phased.
I was
over-the-moon.WATCH: I Cuddled a Baby Panda and You Can Too Do we love Giant
Pandas because they are so cute, so seemingly cuddly? Or do we love them
because we"ve been taught they are rare and special.
The Giant Panda only
lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, and there are very few of
them left in the wild.Truth be told, there aren"t even that many in
captivity.
Most every zoo worth its admission fee has a lion, a tiger and a
bear, but only a select few can call themselves home for the Giant Panda.
And
even fewer reserves and zoos have the ever-elusive baby panda."These are the
places you should be visiting to get up close and personal with the world"s
handful of adorable baby pandas.
1.
The Giant Panda Research & Breeding
Center, Chengdu, ChinaThis is the ultimate bucket list trip for anyone who
cannot get enough of baby pandas.The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda
Breeding has been open since 1987 and since then has been tasked with studying
and protecting Giant Pandas.
While here you can observe the dozens of baby
pandas interacting with one another.
You can also call ahead to reserve a slot
to cuddle a baby panda." Take a visit to baby panda kindergarten.
(Photo by
Xinhua News Agency via AP Images) "2.
The National Zoo, Washington D.C.Home of
the""Panda Cam," otherwise known as the""greatest drain on productivity since
Seinfeld reruns started in cable," the National Zoo currently has two baby
pandas—Bao Bao, born in 2013 and Bei Bei, who is so brand new that the
Panda House remains closed so that mama panda Mei Xiang can take care of the
cub.
No worries.
Bao Bao is more than enough little panda to get the crowds
excited and you can always spy Bei Bei on the Panda Cam until the new baby is
revealed to the public later in 2016.
Panda cub Bao Bao with her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington,
Saturday, Aug.
23, 2014.
Today marks her first birthday and the zoo is marking
the event with a traditional ‘Zhuazhou" ceremony, a Chinese birthday
tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez
Monsivais)3.
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California
Xiao Liwu, a panda baby boy
born in 2012 just turned 3 this past July.
The zoo celebrated by giving him a
big ice cake because apparently pandas are partial to ice over butter
frosting.
Even though Xiao Liwu is now technically a juvenile, he still has
that sweet baby face."4."Bifengxia Panda Base,"Ya'an, Sichuan, ChinaThis
panda breeding center allows you to volunteer with the panda keepers or take a
tour.
The reserve is about an hour bus ride outside of Chengdu, but the
scenery is much more spectacular than what you will see closer to the city and
includes two V-shaped gorges with incredible views of the valleys and
waterfalls that the Giant Pandas once called home.5.
Dujiangyan Panda Base,
Dujiangyan, China
Want to spend as much one-on-one panda time as possible?
Then this is where you want to go.
It"s much quieter and receives less
visitors than the more popular"Bifengxia Panda Base and the Breeding Center,
so visitors and volunteers get to spend much more time with the pandas.Viator
offers some great packages that allow visitors to""volunteer for a day with
giant pandas on a private tour at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center.
Help
record panda behavior, clean enclosures and prepare food with a professional
animal keeper as you get up close to China"s beloved black and white
bears."6.
Zoo Atlanta
When Atlanta resident Lun Lun gave birth to panda twins
in 2013 it was a really big deal.
Baby panda births may be rare, but twins are
truly something exceptional.Just last year the babies, Mei Lun and Mei Huan
were weaned from Lun Lun.
They now live in a different habitat together that
includes an indoor day room and an outdoor play space.
They are typically only
on exhibit until about 3 pm, so if you want to see them playing, try to head
there early."7.
Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada
On October 13, 2015 the Toronto
Zoo announced the birth of two giant panda cubs! Giant Panda mothers often
reject twins.
So to make sure each of the cubs is well taken care of, zoo
keepers are switching the twins in and out with mama." Toronto"s baby panda
cubs at just one-month old.
(Photo: Toronto Zoo)These cuties are still very,
very small so don"t expect them to be on display until late Spring 2016.
Let
World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us
on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram, and"Pinterest."Check out our original
adventure travel series A Broad Abroad." Some of us travel for adventure, for
culture, for the opportunity to meet new people.
And some of us travel to see
all of the adorable animals.  Don't get me wrong.
I love the adventure, the
culture and most of the people, most of the time..2.
The National Zoo,
Washington D.C.Home of the""Panda Cam," otherwise known as the""greatest drain
on productivity since Seinfeld reruns started in cable," the National Zoo
currently has two baby pandas—Bao Bao, born in 2013 and Bei Bei, who is
so brand new that the Panda House remains closed so that mama panda Mei Xiang
can take care of the cub.
No worries.
Bao Bao is more than enough little panda
to get the crowds excited and you can always spy Bei Bei on the Panda Cam
until the new baby is revealed to the public later in 2016.
Panda cub Bao Bao with her birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington,
Saturday, Aug.
23, 2014.
Today marks her first birthday and the zoo is marking
the event with a traditional ‘Zhuazhou" ceremony, a Chinese birthday
tradition symbolizing long life to mark the event.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez
Monsivais)3.
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California
Xiao Liwu, a panda baby boy
born in 2012 just turned 3 this past July.
The zoo celebrated by giving him a
big ice cake because apparently pandas are partial to ice over butter
frosting.
Even though Xiao Liwu is now technically a juvenile, he still has
that sweet baby face."4."Bifengxia Panda Base,"Ya'an, Sichuan, ChinaThis
panda breeding center allows you to volunteer with the panda keepers or take a
tour.
The reserve is about an hour bus ride outside of Chengdu, but the
scenery is much more spectacular than what you will see closer to the city and
includes two V-shaped gorges with incredible views of the valleys and
waterfalls that the Giant Pandas once called home.5.
Dujiangyan Panda Base,
Dujiangyan, China
Want to spend as much one-on-one panda time as possible?
Then this is where you want to go.
It"s much quieter and receives less
visitors than the more popular"Bifengxia Panda Base and the Breeding Center,
so visitors and volunteers get to spend much more time with the pandas.Viator
offers some great packages that allow visitors to""volunteer for a day with
giant pandas on a private tour at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center.
Help
record panda behavior, clean enclosures and prepare food with a professional
animal keeper as you get up close to China"s beloved black and white
bears."6.
Zoo Atlanta
When Atlanta resident Lun Lun gave birth to panda twins
in 2013 it was a really big deal.
Baby panda births may be rare, but twins are
truly something exceptional.Just last year the babies, Mei Lun and Mei Huan
were weaned from Lun Lun.
They now live in a different habitat together that
includes an indoor day room and an outdoor play space.
They are typically only
on exhibit until about 3 pm, so if you want to see them playing, try to head
there early."7.
Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada
On October 13, 2015 the Toronto
Zoo announced the birth of two giant panda cubs! Giant Panda mothers often
reject twins.
So to make sure each of the cubs is well taken care of, zoo
keepers are switching the twins in and out with mama." Toronto"s baby panda
cubs at just one-month old.
(Photo: Toronto Zoo)These cuties are still very,
very small so don"t expect them to be on display until late Spring 2016.
Let
World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us
on"Facebook,"Twitter, Instagram, and"Pinterest."Check out our original
adventure travel series A Broad Abroad."Some of us travel for adventure, for
culture, for the opportunity to meet new people.
And some of us travel to see
all of the adorable animals.  Don't get me wrong.
I love the adventure, the
culture and most of the people, most of the time.

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