golden snub-nosed monkeys
Beijing

Spent a good part of the day at the Beijing Zoo. The zoo reports more than 6 million visitors a yeareasy to believe with the crowds on this Sunday.

The subway takes you right to one of the gates. Wide variety of animals, including a number rarely seen outside of China. Giant pandas of coursemore on those from Chengdu, near the panda's geographic range and home to a major panda center. But equally spectacular were the golden snub-nosed monkeys, also found only in central China. These large, high elevation monkeys are related to the douc langurs that can be seen at Philadelphia Zoo. Also interesting to start to see some native bird species even in this densely urban area. Azure-winged magpies are something like a blue jay equivalent, and the large-billed crow looks pretty much like our crows, except with, yes, a larger bill.

Flying to Chengdu early tomorrow morning. Not entirely sure of schedule there, but more once I'm there.

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 subtropicalcloser to the equator than Havanathe forest is luxuriant.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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09/08/2013 : Beijing

Spent a good part of the day at the Beijing Zoo. The zoo reports more than 6 million visitors a yeareasy to believe with the crowds on this Sunday.

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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.

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