China’s Beloved Pandas

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In light of  First Lady Michelle Obama’s recent trip to China we wanted to share this wonderful art piece from our archives.
On Wednesday, the First Lady along with her daughters Sasha, Malia, and her mother Marian Robinson, ended their China trip with a visit to China’s Chengdu Panda Base.
Michele Obama’s travel journal (dated 3.26.14) stated, “Today is the last day of my trip, and I couldn’t leave China without seeing the Chengdu Panda Base.  Pandas are an endangered species — fewer than 1,600 pandas remain in the wild — and that’s why a place like the Chengdu Panda Base is so important.  Here at this base, scientists work to increase the panda population through breeding, conservation and researching how the bears live and grow.  The base covers almost 600 square miles, and it’s located right in the heart of pandas’ natural habitat.  The area surrounding the base is the only location in the world where you can find pandas in the wild and in a research center.  Right now, there are about 50 pandas at the Panda Base ranging in age from infancy to full-grown adults.”
This post is part of a series authored by First Lady Michelle Obama to share her visit to China with young people. You can read all of the First Lady’s posts at

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