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“Giant Panda of Birds – Lophophorus lhuysii Science Popularization Exhibition” Held at the Base
 

As one of the series of science popularization events to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the “Giant Panda of Birds – Lophophorus lhuysii Science Popularization Exhibition” was officially unveiled to visitors at the Panda Scientific Discovery Center square of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding today.

This Exhibition provides detailed information on species distribution, habitat environment, living habit, breeding and reproduction, scientific research and conservation status of Lophophorus lhuysii with pictures and texts, so as to popularize the knowledge concerning the protection of endangered wildlife, propagate wildlife protection laws and regulations and narrate the beautiful stories about how the Chinese government, scientific research fellows and the public protect the wildlife.

At the first day of the Exhibition, we also invited Dr. Wang Hairui, an animal expert from the Base, for a face-to-face exchange with the public about knowledge on animal protection, watch a science popularization film and share the results and endeavors of scientific research.

This event not only enriches the science popularization culture of urban park greenway, but also creates an emotional bond between man and nature, enhances public awareness for protection and encourages the public to take the initiative in choosing a sustainable life style, and accordingly practice the environmental protection by changing their own life styles.

The Lophophorus lhuysii Science Popularization Exhibition will last till the end of October. Visitors are welcome to the Base to witness the Exhibition.

Anecdotes:

Lophophorus lhuysii is a unique rare Pheasant in China. It gets its name because the male ones are full of feathers of metal luster in the color is as bright and splendid as the rainbow. I addition, the tail feather is blue green.


 

 

Lophophorus lhuysii: Male♂, female♀

Lophophorus lhuysii is anumbrella specie in the alpine meadow ecosystem. However, as the human activities increasingly expand, the wild habitat of Lophophorus lhuysii becomes increasingly small and fragmented. Its less found in the wild maintains.

Since its habitat is at high altitude and the biotope is unique, Lophophorus lhuysii are one of the birds that are difficult to breed at other places in the world, and also one of the birds with least captive numbers. Achievements have been made in the scientific research thanks to the joint efforts of several scientific research and protection entities including Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve, China West Normal University and Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Up to now, there are only 23 captive Lophophorus lhuysiies in the world. Consequently, it is regarded as the “National Treasure of Pheasants” and the “Giant Panda of Birds” due to its very high conservation value.

(Some pictures and texts come from the network)