Dependent on a shrinking supply of bamboo, hunted mercilessly for its pelt, and hostage to profiteering schemes once in captivity, the panda is on the brink of extinction. Here, acclaimed naturalist George Schaller uses his great evocative powers, and the insight gained by four and a half years in the forests of the Wolong and Tangjiahe panda reserves, to document the plight of these mysterious creatures and to awaken the human compassion urgently needed to save them.
Preface Prologue 1: "Every Journey Begins with the First Step" 2: Winter Days 3: Panda Politics 4: A Footnote to History 5: A Mountain of Treasure 6: In the Hollow of a Fir 7: Wei-Wei's World 8: Death in the Choushuigou 9: Travels in Panda Country 10: Zhen-Zhen Eats Bitterness 11: Tangjiahe 12: Crisis 13: Prisoners of Fate 14: Rent-a-Panda Epilogue App. A In Search of the Kylin: The Endangered Wildlife of China App. B The Panda Is a Panda App. C Winter Birds Observed at Wuyipeng App. D Excerpts from the 1989 Panda Management Plan App. E Excerpts from Position Statements on Exhibition Loans of Giant Pandas Selected Reading Index of Names Index of Species and Subjects