Recently, Megan Vodzak, a researcher from the U.S. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (“SCBI”), and Carlos R Sanchez, a veterinarian from the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas (former veterinarian at Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington DC), visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to conduct scientific cooperation and exchange activities over a four day period.
Carlos R Sanchez reported on two research projects, while Wang Chengdong (Deputy Director of the Base), veterinary hospital staff and researchers listened and participated in the discussion. Dr. Sanchez collected some samples and carried out pre-experimental and preparatory work with the help of the Base staff. He preliminarily screened the parasite epidemic situation for some giant pandas and lesser pandas on the Base and discussed and shared with concerned Base staff the future research program. This laid a good foundation for the scientific cooperation to be carried out by both sides, and provides more benefits for joint application and completion of scientific research projects.