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To Catch a Panda
December 10, 2007
Michigan State University's panda habitat research team has spent years collecting mountains of data aimed at understanding and saving giant pandas. Now a graduate student is working to catch crucial data that's black, white and furry. Vanessa Hull, is in the snowy, remote mountains of the Sichuan, China - which also is the heart of panda habitat. She's hoping to capture, collar and track up to four wild pandas using advanced global positioning systems.
Michigan State University
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