"Wang Wang" - Moving a Mountain!

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In 2008, Zoos SA signed a cooperative agreement with China to help secure the long term survival of two Giant Pandas,
Wang Wang and Funi now call Adelaide Zoo home.

Wang Wang ("Net Net") in English
Born: 31/08/05 at Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China
Personality: He is a very laid-back and placid boy. Like all Giant Pandas, he loves to snooze but can usually roused by a fresh stalk of bamboo.

Funi ("Lucky Girl") in English
Born: 23/08/06 at Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China
Personality: She is very active and playful and often makes excited mewing vocalisations at feeding time. She is also very intelligent, curious and loves to explore.

Wang Wang and Funi are the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia.

Funi is much more nimble than Wang Wang - in fact, she is actually quite elegant (for a Giant Panda!).

On 12 May 2008, the Wenchuan earthquake devastated the Sichuan province in China. Official casualties were 69,197 deaths, with thousands more missing, injured or homeless. The quake destroyed the Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, which was home to around 280 Giant Pandas including Wang Wang and Funi. Sadly, Wang Wang’s mum, Mao Mao, did not survive the quake.

After the earthquake Wang Wang and Funi were transferred to the Baixiongpin Yaan Research Centre where they received intensive care from keepers to get them back to being happy and healthy Pandas.

Funi has a twin brother called Fuwa.

Seeing these beautiful rare Pandas up close and personal is definitely one of my life's highlights.

*Saving our endangered animals on this planet are a responsibility that each Nation's Politicians are accountable for!

Adelaide Zoo

South Australia

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera

1/125

F/7.1

18mm

ISO 100

38 responses

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    I could just hug him Chris......wonderful & endearing ~ !

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    Perhaps he is holding it up. LOL! A sweet shot. I love Panda Bears.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (8 Jun 2011):

    i just want to scratch his cute little ears. wonderful shot.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Great narrative, Chris, as well as a wonderful shot.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Outstanding photo and documentation!! He really does look like he's moving a mountain.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Put it on the itinerary, Chalky! (Linda and I are actually talking about a trip to Down Under in the next couple of years!)

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    WOW! Keep talking about it Dick, I'll make the perfect host and even consider shouting you a Foster's mate :) You have made my day or night, I won't be able to sleep tonight - need to plan for a Knight visiting.......LOL

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most powerfully).

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    This is wonderful, Chris! It's so important to care about wildlife. I take particular interest in wolves and elephants. Love your shot.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (11 Jun 2011):

    Looks like a morning workout.....love the leg stretches! He looks like a big fella.

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    They are such interesting/wonderful creatures. He looks like he is doing isometric exercises.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    A really wonderful capture, Chris! It DOES look as if he is moving the rocks around. What a privilege to be able to observe them and photograph them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    He is just fabulous, I'm so glad they survived the quake, You captured a great pose and I love the shadows on his body..

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    wonderful -got my vote

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    great job done!!! nice for theme...

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (16 Jun 2011):

    I am back to vote and I am going to sneak into my big brother's suitcase.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    BTV:)

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond   gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    They are such beautiful beasties. Wonderful image, Chris. "Yeah!"

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Great composition and a lovely shot of this cutie...got my vote !!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    RAD for sure!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (20 Jun 2011):

    BTV

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (22 Jun 2011):

    great entry,voted

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    What a great shot of this beautiful Panda and a perfect entry! ...You have my vote!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (27 Jun 2011):

    Oh yes!! BTV!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    so cute!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Voted!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (4 Jul 2011):

    A wonderful image and narrative! Got my vote!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (6 Jul 2011):

    Wonderful entry Chris!!! Voted

  • Ricardo W

    Ricardo W gave props (6 Jul 2011):

    Got my Vote!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (8 Jul 2011):

    Cool photo! Voted Yeah Rad!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (8 Jul 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (12 Jul 2011):

    btv.....! :)

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    Funny! Got my vote.

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    Wonderful shot of this beauty!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (4 Aug 2011):

    they are beautiful animals. voted!

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith gave props (29 Aug 2011):

    Great comp and yeah it's RAD!

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