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Giant pandas on their way to Denmark

12.03.2019  09:00


Two giant Chinese pandas, Mao Sun and Xing Er, will finally be on their way from the Panda Base in Chengdu to their new home in Copenhagen Zoo in the beginning of April.

The preparations for arrival of the two new VIP residents has been under way for years. The cooperation was officially agreed when The Queen of Denmark and President Xi Jinping met during Her Majesty’s State visit to China in 2014.

The bears can expect an exceptional welcome in Denmark. They will travel to Copenhagen on a Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight. The airline is finalizing the last details of the planning of the transport to ensure a safe and smooth journey for the two Chinese travellers.

The Ambassador of Denmark to China, Mr. A. Carsten Damsgaard will be escorting the pandas on the airplane from Beijing to Copenhagen:

- I am excited to be able to travel to Denmark together with our two new Chinese guests. Their arrival in Denmark will mark the official beginning of the Sino-Danish Giant Panda Joint Research Cooperation, says the ambassador.

After the arrival and the official welcome at Copenhagen Airport, the two pandas will have time to recover from the journey and familiarize themselves with their new home and surroundings at Copenhagen Zoo.

The official opening of the new Panda House at Copenhagen Zoo will take place in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary, as well as the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen. From the Chinese side senior officials from China National Forestry and Grassland Administration, officials from Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, officials from Zoological Association, as well as the ambassador of China to Denmark, Ms. Deng Ying, will take part.

State of the art Panda House

The new panda house in Copenhagen Zoo is inspired by the Chinese Yin-Yang symbol, and is designed by Danish Star architects, Bjarke Ingels Group. The design allows the male and female to live apart most of the year, yet in close proximity and with easy access to a common area when the female is in heat once a year.

Zoo’s CEO, Jørgen Nielsen, who has been looking forward to the arrival of the pandas for months, calls the arrival of the two Pandas one of the biggest events in the Copenhagen Zoo's 160-years old history.

As preparation for the arrival zoo keepers, zoologists and veterinarians have been on several educational trips to the Panda base in Chengdu and have had a close dialogues with Chinese professionals since 2010.

To make sure the two new inhabitants at Copenhagen Zoo get their favourite food, a new plantation in the South of Zealand will make sure that sprawling fresh bamboo is always in ample supply.



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