Photos: Giant Panda People — Scientists Don Costumes For Good Cause

Weird Science: Giant Panda Conservation <br />Researchers dress in panda costumes at China's Wolong National Nature Reserve to help re-introduce the pandas to the wild and eliminate human influence from their environment
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Research and Preservation
In 1980, the Chinese government teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to establish the China Conservation and Research Center for giant pandas. Since then, with 100,000 visitors a year, it has become the most popular place on the planet to see giant pandas in their habitat. The reserve's mission is to observe, study and breed the endangered species to increase their chances of survival. So far the reservation has successfully bred 66 panda cubs.

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