There’s a wonderful opportunity to see Giant Pandas up close at Seven Star Park, in Guilin, Guangxi Province, Southern China. We saw them at feeding time in their large enclosure, but were able to stand on viewing platforms very close to them.
Native to central western and south western China, Giant Pandas are an endangered species. The exact number of Giant Pandas living in the wild is not known, but could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas in captivity inside China, and another 27 outside the country.
It was fascinating watching them asleep, moving about and feeding on bamboo when we saw them in Seven Star Park in April 2012.
The Red Panda is a small mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat, native to the eastern Himalayas and south western China. In the past they have been seen as part of the bear family, but now are the sole species in the Ailuridae family. They are classified as ‘vulnerable’, because the population is estimated at fewer than 10,000 mature animals. There were several of them scurrying around their enclosure at Seven Star Park.