The Panda base in Chengdu openned with 6 pandas in 1987, a figure which has now risen to 84 in total. Keepers are particularly busy during the spring mating season and summer birthing season, a time when the committed panda keepers work flat out. Another major challenge for the centre is preparing pandas to be released into the wild. In the past, some released pandas have been found dead, thought to have been attacked by their wild cousins. Keepers and researchers at the reserve aim to address this problem.
Organisers say that, from August, they will be looking for "bright, articulate and engaging individuals from China and around the world, who care deeply about conservation issues". The prize will involve assisting researchers and helping to raise awareness through blogging.
Full details of the competition and how to enter are yet to be released.
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