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The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China's Political Animal Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 15, 2011
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In all those fabulous Imperial vases and dishes, no artist depicted the panda until the nineteenth century. It is just astonishing that it was only in 1869 that a Westerner saw a panda. He was able to send the specimen back to Paris, starting an argument as to whether such a strange creature was really a bear or was closer to the lesser panda and raccoon (DNA has since said it is a bear). Naturally biologists wanted to learn more, and game hunters wanted the trophy. When getting dead panda specimens had been accomplished, the next goal was go get living ones.Read more ›
This is a book for both panda lovers and those who hadn't ever really thought about pandas. For those of us who are already on the panda bandwagon, this book is both a celebration of all things panda, as well a sobering look at just why pandas made it onto the endangered species list. (I'll give you a hint. It wasn't the fault of the pandas.) It was a joy to read a non-fiction book that so totally engaged me and made me want to learn more.
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This book may be slightly out of date, released in 2011. Research is increasing and new techniques may change our understanding. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lyndonbrecht
A succinct, serviceable account of the giant panda's rise to prominence in the global public eye and the animal conservation movement. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer