Google has recently added a repertoire of zoos to their Street View feature – excellent news for all animal-lovers traveling to China! A new precious addition to Street View has been the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, one of China’s most beloved zoos. This organization has been around for about 25 years, breeding 30% of the world’s pandas and bringing over 125 panda cubs into the world (thereby making it a much cuter place –Thanks!).
Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky trekking all the way to China, so the ability to view the zoo online is valued not only by the animal-loving community, but also by those who want to travel and learn about endangered species and other environmental crises. With this new visibility, we can increase global awareness of the issues facing endangered species such as the panda, and work to preserve them.
Google is continuing to add zoos to its Street View, allowing the world to walk the grounds no matter where they are in the world. Here you can see these adorable cuddly creatures in their habitats at the research center. Of course, seeing these images doesn’t compare to visiting the zoos themselves, but they function as a great preview. Raising awareness for organizations like these that help preserve the earth’s species is a respectable cause. Plus, fuzzy pandas. Fuzzy pandas are always a respectable cause.
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