ABOUT THE ANIMAL
The icon for wildlife conservation, the giant panda, is beloved around the world, and for good reason! These adorable bears, found only in the mountainous regions of Central China, were heading rapidly towards extinction. But with a huge push for conservation efforts in the 60's, the giant panda has moved from the classification of rare to vulnerable, now with around 1,800 in the wild. There are 67 panda reserves in China that protect around two-thirds of the giant pandas in the wild and more than 50 percent of the giant panda's habitat.
For most people, the only way to see a panda is in a zoo. Because of their iconic black and white markings, they become invisible in the masses of bamboo they hide in. And they spend a lot of time with the bamboo. They need to eat around 28 pounds of the stuff a day to fill them up, which takes half the day to accomplish! Imagine spending that much time eating... Pandas are solitary creatures with an incredible sense of smell to help them to avoid one another. The only time they come together is to mate. Mating in captivity has been something that is notoriously difficult with a natural mating now very rare. Incredibly, while the world sat in lockdown, two pandas finally found themselves in the mood. Maybe all they needed was a little privacy!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Gillie and Marc are excited to share the mock-up of the potential sculpture to represent the panda. This project is currently in the development stage.
Gillie and Marc are seeking a partner location to host the sculpture. If you are interested please enquire via email to email@example.com
HOW TO HELP
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast. Visitors will be asked to take a photo with the artwork and share it with the hashtag, jump-starting efforts to spread critical awareness. To help protect the giant panda you can give a donation to any of the many amazing foundations such as the WWF: https://www.worldwildlife.org/