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Giant Panda Conservation

On loan from China, our two giant pandas arrived at Wildlife Reserves Singapore in September 2012. The pandas made their public debut in November 2012 at the grand opening of the Giant Panda Forest as part of a special preview of WRS’ new $140 million river-themed animal attraction, the River Safari.

The specially constructed climate controlled enclosure has the temperature maintained between 18 and 22 degrees, and humidity set at 50 to 60% all year round.

WRS will also start a breeding programme for this endangered species. There are currently only about 1,600 pandas left in the wild and another 200 in captivity.The pandas are symbolic of the close ties between Singapore and China, as the Republic celebrates the 20th Anniversary of friendly Sino-Singapore relations.

To support this conservation effort, CapitaLand Limited, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies with a strong presence in China, has adopted the pandas over the 10-year collaborative programme.

Outside of Greater China, Singapore will be the seventh country to receive a pair of pandas from the government of China.

Photos
Top: Jia Jia munching on bamboo.
Centre: Kai Kai licking his nose.
Bottom: Jia Jia playing in the tree.