In 2007, the first captive – born large panda ever released into the wild, Xiang Xiang, died after being crushed up by wild panda males. “There have been a couple Butterfly purple flowers shirt of attempts to introduce pandas into the wild, however they haven’t been successful,” said Ms Hemley. The eventual goal of most captive – breeding programmes is to let the animals back into the wild eventually. Picture caption But many of these pandas are used to a life in captivity, and are unable to return again into the wild. “The Chinese have performed a fantastic job in investing in panda habitats, expanding and establishing new reserves,” mentioned Ms Hemley.