For the very first time, online viewers worldwide will be able to watch a live, high-definition video of China’s giant pandas at the world's largest panda reserve. In February, explore.org, a philanthropic media organization, launched two video feeds of four toddler pandas at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.
"This is the first time the great pandas of CCRCGP will be streamed live to a global audience, and we are both excited and deeply honored to bring these incredible creatures to people everywhere," said explore.org founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten.
The HD cameras are initially focused on the four pandas born in 2009 and are set up at two locations at the Bifengxia Panda Base — one that houses females Yaoman and Shenbing and one that’s home to Yaoxin, a female, and Lulin, a male born just days before her. Explore.org plans to introduce a third camera later in the month that will focus on an area of the CCRCGP where five 2-year-old pandas live.
Dr. Li Desheng, a doctor at CCRCGP, believes that the international exposure will help raise awareness about panda conservation. "The giant panda has been a Chinese national treasure since ancient times. Using cameras to share these magnificent creatures in their homeland will remind people of the heavy responsibility we all have to the world we share," he said.
The pandas can be seen at explore.org/pandas where live footage will be showcased from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. PST — the previous day’s highlights will be rebroadcast during the day. Explore.org will also host Facebook viewing parties from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST every evening, where Pandas International and a campaign ambassador from Beijing will answer viewer-submitted questions.
You can check out some of the panda cams' recent highlights in the videos below.