For the past two years, researchers at China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve have been working to reintroduce giant panda Caocao and her cub Taotao to the wild.
While interacting one-on-one with the pandas, they (amazingly) wear costumes to ensure Taotao’s environment is devoid of any human influence…
1. Dec. 3, 2010:
Here, Taotao is 4 months old.
4. Feb. 20, 2011:
Here, Taotao at six months, being transferred to a larger enclosure at the beginning of the second phase of reintroduction.
5. May 3:
A researcher approaches Taotao again. This time, the young panda and its mother are being transferred to a bigger, more complex living enclosure — the beginning of the third phase of reintroduced them to the wild.