Post-2008 Sichuan Earthquake Rebuilding

Why Giant Pandas Need Your Help?

  • Pandas are endangered according to the IUCN Red List. In China's third national survey conducted in 2003, it was found that not more than 1,600 giant pandas remain in the wild.
  • Panda habitats are constantly being compromised and fragmented by human activities and natural disasters, both of which make it harder to find food and breed. Bamboo flowering may pose an additional threat to pandas' survival as they are selective in their diet – each panda eats three to five species of bamboo only.
  • Over 60 panda nature reserves covering 23,000 km2 of panda habitats have been set up to conserve pandas and other wildlife, but the majority of these reserves are desperately short of cash and equipment.
  • The earthquake of 12 May 2008 affected 83% of China's panda habitats, and over 500 km2 were completely destroyed (that's an area equivalent to 2,630 Victoria Parks in Hong Kong). The breeding centre in Wolong and some field stations were also destroyed, which has compromised patrolling and research activities. Roads and highways were likewise seriously damaged, making it harder to bring in essential supplies.

Supports given by OPCFHK

June 12 Identified funding to three conservation projects:
  • Habitat Restoration for Isolated Population of Niuweihe and Shanyuanba in Qinling Mountain, Shaanxi Province
  • Field Monitoring of Giant Pandas and Their Habitats in Mabian Dafengding Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province
  • Foraging Strategy of Wild Giant Panda in Liziping Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province

Approved funding to the Changqing National Nature Reserve in Shaanxi Province to purchase a pick-up truck for reserve patrolling to replace the one damaged in mudslide in July 2011
April 12 Approved funding to rebuild a damaged field station to Gaerlonggou, Chagangliang Provincial Nature Reserve, Gansu Province
Feburary 12

Donated 100 digital cameras with GPS function to nature reserves in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces to facilitate the 4th National Giant Panda Survey in China

 
 
June 11 Provided funding to rebuild the Luotang field station in Yuhe Provincial Nature Reserve in Gansu Province 

Donated office and field equipment to 13 nature reserves in Shaanxi Province and panda rescue and computer equipment to four reserves in Sichuan Province 

Study Tour for Sustainable Development in Wolong Nature Reserve and Rebuilding Progress Media Briefing in Hong Kong
April 11 Sponsor visit in Sichuan - bamboo seedling planting in Wolong Nature Reserve and handover of reserve centre in Longxi-Hongkou Nature Reserve

 

July 10 Visited the field of Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve in the Gansu Province and met with the management authority to update the progress of conservation efforts
June 10 Visited Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province and met with Sichuan Forestry Department and Wolong Nature Reserve Administration to discuss the rebuilding efforts in Wolong and Yele Nature Reserve

Supporting Wolong Nature Reserve to restore giant panda habitats by planting 160,000 bamboo seedlings near the Sanjiang Field Station

Supporting a project to study red panda distribution in the Yele Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province

Made donations to 15 giant panda nature reserves and three management authorities in the Gansu and Shaanxi Provinces to purchase field equipment
April 10 Attended the design workshop for Wolong rebuilding facilities – Wolong breeding centre and Dujianyan disease control centre
January 10 Organized a charity event to raise over $ 1.70 million towards rebuilding

 

December 09 [Met with the Sichuan Forestry Department to update and discuss the rebuilding efforts of OPCFHK
November 09 Invited by Development Bureau to review the design of Wolong panda breeding centre and Dujianyan’s panda disease control centre in Chengdu
October 09 Charity Sale of "In Love with Panda – The Story about Qing Qing & I" – Judy Chen
September 09 Attended the First Cross Strait Giant Panda Symposium in Beijing
July 09 Identified sponsorship towards two research projects: "Effect and Solution to Panda Habitat Selection after Earthquake in Gansu Province, China" and "Case Study on Giant Panda Corridor Restoration in Qinling, Shaanxi & Pingwu, Sichuan"
June 09 Visited the Yele Nature Reserve, Sichuan Province and met with staff from Mianning Forestry Bureau and Liangshan Prefecture Forestry Bureau to discuss the challenges facing the local reserve
May 09 Provided funding to rebuild the Longchi Field Station in Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve in the Dujiangyan City, Sichuan

Donating vehicles and computer equipment to two nature reserves, a field station and the Liangshanzhou Forestry Department in Sichuan province
April 09 Visited the Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Reserve in the Dujiangyan City

Launched the limited edition of red panda stamp packs to raise fund

Selling charity raffle tickets to raise fund
January 09 to
March 10
Organized a photo exhibition on the earthquake-torn Wolong in collaboration with the Development Bureau, Hong Kong SAR government
January 09

Organized our annual Conservation Day dedicated to rebuilding panda nature reserve

 

December 08 Organized a public talk by Professor Zhang Hemin, Director of Wolong Nature Reserve Administration to local students on the challenges facing Wolong
November 08 Organized a training session with 16 delegates from the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu panda nature reserves. Discussed on how OPCFHK could support
October 08 Visited the Wolong Nature Reserve and met with Sichuan Forestry Department and the Wolong Nature Reserve Administration
September 08 Visited the Ya'an City, the temporary base of the Wolong nature reserve team

Donated computer equipment to seven nature reserves in Sichuan Province

Donated vehicles to eleven nature reserves in Sichuan Province to facilitate patrolling and transportation f equipment

Supported Ocean Park as the honorary technical advisor of the Development Bureau, Hong Kong SAR government for Wolong rebuilding.
August 08 Donated portable generators to the Qingmuchuan Nature Reserve in the Shaanxi Province to help resume operation of reserve management
July 08 Received donation from Hong Kong Post on the sale of limited edition prestige stamp packs with giant panda paw print and stamp packs
June 08 Donated emergency relief items including field equipment, satellite phones and water purifying tablets to the Wolong nature reserve team

Donated modular houses as offices for the Wolong nature reserve team at Ya'an, Sichuan

Donated portable generators to three nature reserves in Sichuan to help resume operation of reserve management

Met with the Sichuan Forestry Department and the Wolong Nature Reserve Administration to discuss the rebuilding efforts of OPCFHK
May 08 Set up the "Giant Panda Base Rebuilding Fund"