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Jean Tock Photos of China on Display at Mahopac Library

Jean Tock’s photo of a giant panda Credits: Mahopac Library

Mahopac photographer Jean Tock has opened an exhibit of photos at the Mahopac Library titled “Wild China”—a photographic journey through the remote central mountains of China with a few urban stops along the way.

Sixteen photographs, representing Tock’s recent trip to China, are on display on the second floor of the library. The images provide a glimpse into the culture, the people and the indigenous wildlife of the country.

Among Tock’s subjects is the giant panda, which is considered the national treasure of China. Tock explains that “despite their exalted status and relative lack of natural predators, pandas are still at risk. Severe threats from humans have left just over 1,800 pandas in the wild. A newborn panda is the size of a stick of butter, but an adult can weigh more than 300 pounds. The bears subsist almost entirely on bamboo, eating anywhere from 25 to 80 pounds of it each day.”

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The show features other native creatures including the red panda, also known as the lesser panda, which is just slightly larger than a domestic cat. Almost 50 percent of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. Deforestation threatens the habitat of these tree-dwelling bears.

Golden snub-nosed monkeys spend almost their entire lives in trees and are native to just four provinces in central China. This monkey that feeds solely on lichen, leaves, fruit, bark and flowers is a highly social primate, forming units of 20 to 30 individuals in winter, which often come together in groups of up to 200 in the summer.

Additional images of a shadow dancer, a costumed performer, Chinese soldiers, a woman playing mah-jongg and a model posing for an advertising agency photo shoot are some of the prints in Tock’s China series.

The photos will remain on view through February. For more information about display, call 845-628-2009, ext. 108.

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