Fanny Lai and Bjorn Olesen, both wildlife enthusiasts, followed in the giant footsteps of the shy and enigmatic giant panda, and captured both adults and cubs on camera in close-up situations. Beautifully photographed, in rarely seen settings, the authors explain what makes the panda such a lovable icon, and why the public cannot have enough of this symbol of quiet hope for survival in a fast-changing planet.
Five years of research and photography went into A Visual Celebration of Giant Pandas. It has detailed information about the panda's behaviour, including how it rears its young, and also describes, in words and vivid photography, other species in its habitat such as the red panda and snow leopard. The issue of 'pandaplomacy' is also addressed, with the arrival of pandas in Singapore in 2012 and their likely arrival in Malaysia in 2013.
Finally the book assesses the chances of survival for the giant panda, and the efforts being made to preserve its habitat.
100% of the authors' sales proceeds will be donated to WWF for wildlife conservation.
Fanny Lai is passionate about wildlife conservation. She is a travel writer, cartoonist and former Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which comprises Jurong Bird Park, Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari. She is equally known for her entrepreneurial and creative flair for her astute business development and management skills. Her in-depth knowledge of the Chinese language and insights into local and regional
culture continue to be valuable assets following a career that has spanned more than 30 years in branding, marketing and corporate management.
Bjorn Olesen is a retired corporate executive, award-winning wildlife photographer, and an engaged conservationist; he is a long-term resident of South-east Asia and China. His photographs and articles have appeared in local and overseas publications and websites.
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