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172,200 people to make way for pandas

Giant panda Bao Bao eats steamed breads from a keeper at a breeding center in Sichuan Province, yesterday. It is the first time the 3-year-old, who was born and raised in the United States and came back to China last month, accepted the new diet. Bao Bao is known for being a picky eater. She hates carrots and until yesterday would spit out the steamed breads mixed in her food. — CFP

Giant panda Bao Bao eats steamed breads from a keeper at a breeding center in Sichuan Province, yesterday. It is the first time the 3-year-old, who was born and raised in the United States and came back to China last month, accepted the new diet. Bao Bao is known for being a picky eater. She hates carrots and until yesterday would spit out the steamed breads mixed in her food. — CFP

SOUTHWEST China’s Sichuan Province, home to most of China’s giant pandas, is planning to relocate 172,200 people to build a panda national park, the provincial forestry department said yesterday.

The 27,134-square-kilometer park that covers parts of Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, was approved by central government this year.

The area in Sichuan will cover around 20,000 square kilometers, 74 percent of the park. Seven cities and prefectures, and 19 counties are involved.

About 32,300 workers and retired people in more than 1,900 mines and forests in the area would be affected, the forestry department said.

According to the latest nationwide survey, China has 1,864 wild pandas and 471 in captivity.

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