Project Panda: finding Pambassadors
By Darren Lim
But in terms of adorableness, Pambassadors is hard to beat.
The Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) announced the launch of Project Panda: Global Search for a Chengdu Pambassador" on August 16 promising six winners the opportunity to become Pambassadors.
Candidates applied by uploading a one-minute self-introductory video and taking part in an online panda-care game. Competition was immense: Out of #61,615 international candidates from dozens of countries, just 12 were selected to proceed to more grueling tryouts, including identifying eight different types of bamboo, and naming the color of panda milk. (Clueless? So are most employees at the Panda Research Base. But the potential Pambassadors knew that panda milk is green at first, and turns white after a week.)
The Pambassadorship began earlier this month, and the Pambassadors are now assisting panda-conservation researchers and scientists in raising awareness by blogging to millions of people about their daily work. All of this while, of course, snatching the rare opportunity to witness in person the birth and development of baby pandas, which are normally handled as carefully as radioactive samples, as anyone who has visited the Panda Base knows. In addition to working at the Base, the Pambassadors will trek into the mountains around Chengdu to observe pandas in their natural habitat.
Sounds like the best job on earth? We might think so, too—though we're clearly not as obsessed as some of the actual Pambassadors, like Swedish Ali Shakorian, whose application video appears above.