Today Show: Saving Pandas From Extinction
The Chengdu Panda Place has been trying to save pandas from extinction for the past 13 years. Since 1987, over 100 Pandas have been born and raised in the Panda Place, where baby pandas are taught to walk, crawl, forage for food and more. But some people are upset millions of dollars are being spent to save pandas when there are tons of other animals out there that are going extinct as well but with no funding going to help those animals.
“They are playing survival of the cutest,” English naturalist Chris Packham said. Packham is upset the poster bear for the preservation of wildlife is getting more attention than a beetle that is going extinct or a fly that is being killed off in the millions. He said there are animals all over the world that could use some of the millions of dollars the pandas get but they aren’t getting it.
When the Today Show asked Packham why he should be the one to play God, he said the people spending millions on the panda are already playing God. They picked the cutest, fluffiest animal they could find and they poured millions into it’s conservation without even looking into other animals who could have used the conservation money more.
Today Show: Chengdu Panda Palace
Sarah Bexell, an American who works at the Chengdu Panda Place, thinks the money being spent on the pandas is being used the right way. Even though many experts say more money is being spent on the panda than any other species in the world, Bexell said it is for a good cause. The panda is going extinct and it needs to be saved.
“If we can save the Giant Pandas from extinction, then the Chengdu Research Center wants to save them,” Bexell said.
So what do you think? Is too much money being spent to save the panda? Let us know in the comments below. And to learn even more about the panda and the efforts being done to save them, tune in to Rock Center Friday February 22 2013 on NBC for a full report.