The app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distri
bution, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to tr
ack,” said Chen Peng, a researcher with the base who co-authored a paper on “Giant Panda Face Recognition Using Small Database.”
“It will definitely help us improve efficiency and effectiveness in conservation and management of the animals,” Chen said.
China has carried out four scientific field research project of giant pandas in the wild.
The giant panda was scientifically discovered 150 years ago and n
amed in the city of Ya’an, Sichuan. It remains one of the world’s most endangered species.
The number of captive pandas was 548 globally as of November last y
ear. Fewer than 2,000 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the provinces of Sichuan and Shaanxi.
Guests like Austrian ambassador to China Friedrich Stift, p
erformances from the Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna, and reality TV star Allen Wu as
host have made the event the most talked-about on Beijing’s April social calendar.
The dapperly attendees and the venue at the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, a lux
ury hotel in downtown Beijing, will make April 13 a night of waltz, high fashion and haute cuisine.
With tickets priced 1,500 yuan ($224), the ball has sold out every ye
ar during its five-year history in Beijing, according to organizer, the Kempinski Hotel.
In this video interview with China Daily’s website, both the ambassador and Brice Péan, mana
ging director of the Kempinski Hotel, give a preview of what to expect at this year’s ball.