Giant pandas, at the Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan province, China

Chengdu Panda Base has more than 80 pandas, but when it was founded in 1987 it had only six. This was not my first experience seeing pandas in China, but it was certainly different than visiting the Beijing Zoo. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, as it is officially known, is more oriented toward research, education, and conservation, but a zoo is just a zoo.

Giant panda, at Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan Province, China.

Giant pandas, at Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan Province, China.

Giant pandas, at Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan Province, China.

Giant pandas, at Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan Province, China.

Giant pandas, at Chengdu Panda Base; Sichuan Province, China.