Dr. Andrew J. Baker Visits Chengdu, China
Dr. Andrew J. Baker
Chief Operating Officer
At the invitation of the Animals Asia Foundation, Philadelphia Zoo Chief Operating Officer Dr. Andrew J. Baker is traveling to Chengdu, China, to speak at the China Association of Zoological Gardens conference about Philadelphia Zoo's innovative first-in-the-world, multi-phase animal travel and exploration trail system, which debuted in 2011 and will continue in development through 2020.
With more than two decades of experience in the field, Dr. Baker is an internationally renowned zoo leader. He will be sharing his expertise with a global audience in China, but while he is there, he will be sharing his experience by blogging here.
09/14/2013 : Forest reserves near Hong Kong
Last full day in China, spent at one of the forest reserves near Hong Kong. Hong Kong has quite a bit of green space, both inside and outside the main urban area. And with Hong Kong subtropical—closer to the equator than Havana—the forest is luxuriant.
09/13/2013 : Ocean Park Hong Kong
Arrived in Hong Kong from Chengdu last night local time. Spent most of today at Ocean Park, a zoo and aquarium here that is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
09/12/2013 : The Moon Bear Rescue Center
After speaking on the Zoo's trail system yesterday morning, I went with the rest of the conference attendees to the Moon Bear Rescue Center outside Chengdu.
09/11/2013 : The final speaker at the 2013 CAZG meeting
Official role today as the last speaker for the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens 2013 meeting.
09/10/2013 : Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens Dinner
There's also a very appealing protocol in China at dinners or gatherings like this of repeated toasts to each other's health. One can make one at your own table, or wander over to another table to toast an individual or the entire table. Results in a very congenial and interactive atmosphere, and opportunities to be introduced to and exchange cards with Chinese colleagues.
09/09/2013 : Arriving in Chengdu
Arrived in Chengdu today. Chengdu is the 2000-year-old capital of Sichuan Province, in south central China. Sichuan Province is home to most of the world's remaining giant pandas, and tomorrow is likely to be all about pandas, with plans to visit the Chengdu Panda Base, one of the leading organizations in giant panda conservation.
09/08/2013 : Beijing
Spent a good part of the day at the Beijing Zoo. The zoo reports more than 6 million visitors a year—easy to believe with the crowds on this Sunday.
09/06/2013 : Traveling to China
I've been asked to speak about our animal trail system at meetings of the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, which are in Chengdu next week. Currently in the O'Hare Airport in Chicago, waiting for flight to Beijing.