12. Talk to a Wild Panda

On our 2010 Life List: talk to a wild panda.

    Photo: Todd Korol/Corbis

Only an estimated 2,500 giant pandas still live in the wild, most of them spread around China's 50 or so panda reserves. Seeing one is best done with an outfitter. Terra Incognita leads groups into the heart of panda habitat and has a new nine-day trip to Foping Nature Reserve, in the Qinling Mountains, which has one of the highest densities of the animals anywhere. ($6,000; ecotours.com)

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