China released its 8th and 9th pair of giant pandas, male and female, into the wild on November 23rd, 2017 as part of a program to rebuild the wild panda population.
Ba Xi, the male, was born in July 2015, and Ying Xue is just 14 days older were released in light snow into Liziping Nature Reserve in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.
“They are in good condition today. When they saw humans, they ran very fast to the forest rather than seeking for food from them,” said Wu Daifu of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.
The pair disappeared in the forest equipped with radio monitoring equipment to track them and collect data on how they adapt to a natural environment and integrate with the wild panda population.
According to the center’s Dr. Li Desheng, the center chooses four pregnant pandas each year to lead their cubs in wilderness training. “Ba Xi and Ying Xue have learned how to find food and water independently and avoid danger in their two-year training,” Li said.
They are the second pair to be released into the wild.