Join Smithsonian wildlife ecologist Bill McShea, and discover some of China’s rarely seen animals! China has created an impressive array of reserves to conserve giant pandas. These reserves also harbor many unique mammals in one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots. At the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s first virtual science talk of the year, get to know some of the animals that seldom appear before the public eye, and discover ecology and conservation in a land striving to preserve its natural heritage in the face of rapid development. Free and open to all.

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Bonus: When you sign up online, you’ll automatically be entered into a random drawing to win a free copy of Bill McShea’s book “Guide to the Wildlife of Southwest China.” To join the webinar but opt out of the drawing, email Kristen Minogue at For full contest details and rules, visit