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China Initiates a Sino-Danish Research Collaboration on Giant Panda Conservation Proofreader: Charlene Johnson   Time: 2017-05-16

On May 3, 2017, under the joint witnesses of Jia Jiansheng, Deputy Director-General at Department of Wildlife Conservation and Nature Reserve Management, State Forestry Administration and Lars Bo Larsen, Deputy Head of Mission at Beijing Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and Copenhagen Zoo signed a “Sino-Danish Research Collaboration Agreement on Giant Panda Conservation” in Beijing.

According to this agreement, two giant pandas from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (hereinafter referred to as “Chengdu Panda Base”): He Xing and Mao Er (pet name: Mao Sun), will be sent to the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark under a collaborative research project on giant panda conservation and breeding between China and Denmark, which lasts for 15 years. Wang Hua, Deputy Head of Department of International Cooperation and Conservation, State Forestry Administration, Zhang Ling, Deputy Head of Giant Panda Office, Department of Conservation, State Forestry Administration, Zheng Guangda, Vice-President and Secretary-General of Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, Xie Zhong, Vice-President of Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, Steffen Straede, CEO of Copenhagen Zoo, Tan Hongming, Deputy Secretary of Chengdu Panda Base, and government officials from other government bodies attended the signing ceremony.

Jia Jiansheng had a cordial conversation with Lars Bo Larsen before the signing ceremony. Lars Bo Larsen said that the giant panda is a precious and lovely animal. This research collaboration project between China and Denmark will not only benefit the conservation and research of giant pandas and popularizing the concept of protecting giant pandas, but also symbolizes the profound friendship and close ties between China and Denmark. It will promote the amicable relations between the two countries and people of the two countries. Jia Jiansheng thanked the Danish Embassy in China and Copenhagen Zoo for the efforts they made for the conservation and research of giant pandas. He believes that Denmark will create a comfortable and livable environment for giant pandas and both parties would have fruitful and effective cooperation on scientific research and breeding of giant pandas.

  

Site of the Signing Ceremony

 

Site of the Signing Ceremony

 

Site of the Signing Ceremony
 

Site of the Signing Ceremony

 

The Prime Minister of Denmark Visits Two Giant Pandas on the Chengdu Panda Base

On May 2, 2017, at the invitation of Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the Danish Prime Minister, arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in his private plane. His first destination in China was the Chengdu Panda Base. While visiting the panda base, Primer Minister Rasmussen, accompanied by Chinese government officials, also paid a special visit to He Xing and Mao Er, the two giant pandas that would be sent to Denmark in accordance with the Sino-Danish collaborative project for scientific research and breeding of giant pandas. During his visit, Prime Minister Rasmussen expressed his fondness for pandas. He said, “Many bearings and behaviors of giant pandas are similar to those of human beings. They are so lovely. Pandas are the loveliest animal on the earth. I’ve heard about the giant pandas of Sichuan for a long time.” Prime Minister Rasmussen also visited the “No. 1 Villa” accompanied by Dr. Zhang Zhihe and breeders of Chengdu Panda Base. He fed apples and steamed corn-bread to Mao Er and He Xing. He even imitated the accent of breeders vividly. Dr. Zhang Zhihe introduced the life habits and living environment of giant pandas to Prime Minister Rasmussen, who spoke highly of the contributions that the Chengdu Panda Base had made in promoting scientific research and breeding of giant pandas and popularizing the concept of rare and endangered animal conservation.
 

The Giant Pandas Sent to Denmark Will Be Treated as State Guests. They Will Live in the Most Luxurious Panda House in the World with Dedicated Keepers

China and Denmark have been making preparations for an international collaborative project on giant pandas for several years. On April 24, 2014, invited by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Danish Queen Margrethe II led the largest delegation in Danish diplomatic history to pay a state visit to China. On a press conference for Danish accompanying ministers, Martin Lidegaard, the Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, declared for the first time that China and Denmark would launch a scientific research and conservation project for giant pandas. After making several investigations and exchanges by experts from China and Denmark, China and Denmark drew up a draft for the collaborative project on July 7, 2016. Later, under the arrangement of the Central Government, sponsored by the State Forestry Administration and undertaken by the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens, the Chengdu Panda Base selected two giant pandas: He Xing and Mao Er, as the giant panda individuals that would be sent to Denmark for international collaborative research.

To welcome He Xing and Mao Er, Copenhagen Zoo invited BIG Architectural Design Firm and Schønherr Landscape Architects to design a panda house full of features of traditional Chinese culture, and the design scheme was disclosed to the public on March 26, 2017. The construction project of panda house consumes 150 million Danish krone (about 150 million RMB) in total. The principal part of the panda house, covering an area of 2,450 square meters, has a round shape. The interior design imitates the two parts: Yin and Yang, in the traditional Chinese Tai Chi pattern. The panda house is designed with hills based on the features of panda habitat. To make it easier for pandas to climb, the zoo will plant bamboo and trees outside the panda house, so as to create a natural and comfortable ecological environment for pandas. Construction for the panda house is estimated to start in November 2017. The entire construction will last for one year. Since November 2015, Copenhagen Zoo has dispatched veterinarians, animal feeding management personnel, keepers and nutritionists to obtain knowledge of conservation, feeding management and wildness training of giant pandas from the Chengdu Panda Base. Stephen Stade, Director of Copenhagen Zoo, also paid several visits to China to learn how to take care of giant pandas from experts in Chengdu. Meanwhile, in order to take good care of these two giant pandas, Copenhagen Zoo organized a Chinese class every week for staff members who will participate in this international collaborative project to aid in the communication between Danish and Chinese staffs.
 

Profiles of the Giant Pandas Being Sent to Denmark

He Xing: Pedigree Number: 875, Male, Born on July 23, 2013; his father is Yong Yong and his mother is Cheng Gong; he weighs 118kg; he is lively, cheerful and outgoing.
 

He Xing: Pedigree Number: 875, Male

 

He Xing: Pedigree Number: 875, Male

He Xing: Pedigree Number: 875, Male


Mao Er: Pet Name: Mao Sun, Pedigree Number: 919, Female; born on July 26, 2014; her father is Xiong Bang and her mother is Fu Wa; she weighs 98 kg; she is gentle and quiet, like a couch potato, and she’s fond of solitude.

 

Mao Er: Pet Name: Mao Sun, Pedigree Number: 919, Female

Mao Er: Pet Name: Mao Sun, Pedigree Number: 919, Female

Mao Er: Pet Name: Mao Sun, Pedigree Number: 919, Female

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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