Ruth Harkness and her Pandas


article out of the Orlando Sentinel
made me feel a little fuzzy on the inside, and it’s not

because it’s about a panda. It really isn’t too adventure travel related today, but for the
30’s it was a hell of a journey and feat for Ruth Harkness. In 1936 the well-off lady set out to
the wilderness of the China-Tibet border and became the first person to ever bring a panda back west. Harkness
admitted never being much of an explorer, but the details to her days in Asia, stays in So. America and the high and
low times of her life can be found in a newbie from Random House. The Lady and The Panda by Vicki
Constantine Croke sounds like a potential read if you’re on the road and eager to learn about
the passage of an interesting woman.