The extraordinary impact of the panda - from obscurity to fame - a story of China's transition from shy beginnings to centre stage
About the book
In a most original book, science writer Henry Nicholls uses the rich and curious story of the panda from its 'discovery' 150 years ago in the highlands of China to its present international status as endearing icon of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF - fifty years old in 2011) and shy darling of the world's zoos to do several things - to chart the emergence of modern China onto the global stage; to examine our changing attitude to the natural world; and to offer a compelling history of the conservation movement.
A fascinating story of an extraordinary animal
Henry Nicholls expertly charts the panda's decades of fame and binds together many intriguing facets of 150 years of Sino-Western interaction
Thoroughly readable ... sheds valuable light on a mysterious and often misunderstood creature
Insightful and meticulously researched ... provides fascinating insights into the panda's rise to its current popularity ... [Nicholls] has the skill, rare among scientists, of explaining science in a clear and appealing manner. His writing is easygoing yet informative, and will be accessible to any reader with an interest in nature
An engaging popular science narrative ... absorbing and illuminating