Why Pandas Need Air Conditioning

In zoos all over the world, crowds battle to catch a peek of one of the world’s most recognizable and rarest animals, the giant panda. During our visit to the Chendgu Panda Breeding Research Center, tourists were so few that the pandas actually invited us to join them and granted us an interview. Here’s what Jing-Jing, their spokesperson, had to say: … [Read more...]

A New Breed of Dog?

Dogs with tiger stripes?Is it the next new Chinese dog breed coming your way? An experiment in genetic modification that escaped from the lab with the help of an ambitious entrepreneur?Or do the stripes wash off after the first bath? … [Read more...]

Reflections: The Camel Chasers

One last thing about Turkmenistan before we move on: camels.No animal seems to capture the essence of grace while embracing its own awkwardness like the Dromedary camel. Though you'll catch the occasional loner wandering the open scrub or tracing the roadside, camels are actually domesticated. … [Read more...]