Home / 2008 Beijing Olympic Games / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
'Olympic Pandas' make debut at Beijing Zoo
Adjust font size:

Eight "Olympic Pandas" nominated by netizens to add cheer to the games this summer met the public on Thursday morning at the Beijing Zoo.

The display featuring the endangered animals was launched in a special ceremony.

Enthusiastic visitors queued to buy tickets to the renovated panda hall and took pictures from outside the newly expanded glass enclosure, where wooden toy trees, a mural and swimming pools create a homey environment. The pandas live in three pens held at a constant temperature, similar to their natural habitat.

"They are lovely!" said an American tourist Terry Swingler. "We have seen one, but we've never seen so many together."

The 2-year-old cubs, flown from quake-stricken Sichuan Province last month, were expected to attract 6 million domestic and foreign tourists during their six-month show in the capital.

They were selected by netizens from among 16 candidates at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Wolong Town, only 30 km from the epicenter of the devastating May 12 earthquake.

Experts with the center said the pandas had recovered from nervousness about the quake and are all in good condition.

1   2    

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name
China Archives
Related >>
- 8 earthquake pandas ready for display in Beijing
- Pandas' habitat ravaged by landslides
- 102 pandas in Gansu reserve safe: official
- Fate of pandas in China's largest reserve unknown after quake
- Missing panda found alive
Most Viewed >>
- AGB Nielsen to measure TV audience of Olympics
- Schedule
- Olympic torch tours Guilin
- A dream since childhood
- 'Olympic Pandas' make debut at Beijing Zoo

Product Directory
China Search
Country Search
Hot Buys