China-born Li Binbin is a PhD candidate of Dr. Stuart Pimm at the Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University. As a SavingSpecies scientist she shares her point-of-view video (below) of what it’s like trudging for hours through dense bamboo forests in search of signs of pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
Binbin reminds us that in addition to the thrill of discovery, much of science is a long hard slog! Indeed, conservation scientists rarely get to share an “Attenborough moment” with charismatic species like pandas. Nonetheless, there are those special moments when a scientist gets the sheer rush of finding ‘evidence’ after a long day’s search!
Binbin is working in the Wanglang National Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province of southwest China. Her work with her Chinese colleagues and SavingSpecies is helping China increase the panda’s chances for long-term survival in the wild. By working with local herders, the team’s goal is to reduce human impacts on panda habitat.
We are so proud of Binbin and her efforts, and delighted to share this enchanting video!
Update May 2017. Binbin is now Professor Li, having taken a position as an Assistant Professor at Duke University Kunshan, China. Very well done!