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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Holds Farewell Ceremony for Giant Pandas “Meng Meng” and “Jiao Qing” Proofreader: Written by: Chen Cheng Photos by: Cui Kai   Time: 2017-06-30

On April 28, 2017, China Wildlife Conservation Association signed a Sino-German research and collaboration agreement on giant panda conservation with the Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten), Germany. According to this agreement, two giant pandas from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, would embark for Germany to participate in an international cooperation project of scientific research and conservation for giant pandas that will last for 15 years.


At 15:30 p.m. on June 23, 2017, a grand farewell ceremony for Meng Meng and Jiao Qing was held at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This ceremony was hosted by China Wildlife Conservation Association, Forestry Department of Sichuan Province and Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, organized by Chengdu Municipal Administration of Forestry and Landscape and executed by Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing would be sent to Germany by air at 8:40 a.m. on June 24, 2017, and settle at the Berlin Zoo. More than 20 government officials and guests from China and Germany attended the ceremony, including Zhang Hongyan, Acting Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, the State Forestry Administration, Jia Jiansheng, Deputy Director General of the Department of Wild Life and Nature Reserve Conservation and Administration, the State Forestry Administration, Li Qingwen, Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of China Wildlife Conservation Association, Liu Bing, Deputy Director-General of Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, Wang Hongjia, Chief of Wildlife Conservation Division, Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, Zhang Qian, Deputy Consultant of Wildlife Conservation Division, Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, Zhao Deqiang, Deputy Director of General Office of the CPC Chengdu Municipal Committee, Gao Yonghong, Deputy Director of Information Office of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Liu Guorong, Chief of Division of Exchanges, Information Office of Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, Yang Xiaoguang, Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Administration of Forestry and Landscape, Luo Ye, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Administration of Forestry and Landscape, Che Shaocheng, Deputy Director of the Leadership Office of Dujiangyan Municipal People’s Government, Zhang Zhihe, Director of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, and Dr. Andreas Ochs, a senior veterinarian of Berlin Zoo.
 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 


Reporters from more than 30 mainstream media nationwide, e.g. CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, China News Service, China Daily, People’s Daily, SCTV, CDTV, Sichuan Daily, West China City Daily, Chengdu Daily, Chengdu Commercial Daily and Chengdu Evening News, attended the ceremony. In addition, reporters from several mainstream media in Germany, e.g. Die Zeit, ARD German TV1, ARD Radio, Die Welt and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), prepared live reports, providing news coverage of the ceremony.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The farewell ceremony was hosted by Li Qingwen, Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of China Wildlife Conservation Association. Zhang Hongyan, Acting Director General of the Department of International Cooperation, the State Forestry Administration, addressed the ceremony and said that Sino-German international cooperation on giant pandas would promote and deepen the communication and cooperation between the two countries on endangered species and biodiversity conservation, and meanwhile, this project would play an important part in deepening understanding and strengthening friendship between the people in China and Germany.


Liu Bing, Deputy Director-General of Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, addressed the ceremony and said that Sichuan Province boasts a long history of carrying out projects of research and cooperation on giant panda conservation. So far, Sichuan has signed agreements of cooperation with more than 15 countries under the leadership of the Central Government and the State Forestry Administration. The concept of giant panda conservation is also widely known all over the world. She sincerely wished Meng Meng and Jiao Qing would initiate a new chapter for Sino-German cooperation on scientific research and conservation of giant pandas.


Luo Ye, Deputy Director-General of Chengdu Municipal Administration of Forestry and Landscape, addressed the ceremony afterwards. In her speech, she mentioned that Chengdu had kept close exchange and cooperation with Germany in several ways. As early as in 2007, Chengdu formed friendly and cooperative relations with Berlin. Chengdu also sent delegations for attending the “Asia-Pacific Weeks” in Berlin. Giant panda is the “most beautiful symbol” of Chengdu, a city with thousands of years of history. This project of research and collaboration on giant panda conservation would definitely strengthen the friendship between Chengdu and Berlin. She looked forward to seeing these two pandas giving birth to cubs in Germany and bringing unbounded joy to German people.


At the ceremony, Dr. Zhang Zhihe, Director of Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, briefly introduced giant pandas, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing. that are about to set off for Germany. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has joined hands with 13 zoos abroad in the United States, Japan, Canada, and so on for carrying out international cooperation and research projects of giant pandas, and has made outstanding achievements. Thanks to these projects, the giant panda has become a well-known international cultural brand of Chengdu and its popularity and reputation has been significantly enhanced. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing’s journey to Germany would again place giant pandas in the spotlight to people all over the world and the international cultural brand of giant panda in Chengdu would again enjoy worldwide reputation.
 

 

At the end of the ceremony, Jia Jiansheng, Deputy Director General of the Department of Wild Life and Nature Reserve Conservation and Administration, the State Forestry Administration, announced the formal departure of two giant pandas, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, to Germany. Meanwhile, government officials and guests, e.g. Acting Director General Zhang Hongyan, Deputy Director General Jia Jiansheng, Deputy Director-General Liu Bing, Deputy Director Zhao Deqiang, Deputy Director Gao Yonghong, Director-General Yang Xiaoguang, Deputy Director Che Shaocheng, Director Zhang Zhihe and Dr. Andreas Ochs, pulled an actuating lever together, and the live streaming footage of Meng Meng and Jiao Qing appeared on a LED screen. This marked the smooth end of the farewell ceremony.

 

 

Profile of Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Leaving for Germany:


Jiao Qing: Male; Pedigree Number: 769; born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on July 15, 2010. His father is Ke Bi, and his mother is Jiao Zi. Jiao Qing is an outgoing, lively and naughty panda. He is a moon-faced handsome boy that loves exercising and rolling on the ground.
 

 

 

Jiao Qing


Meng Meng: Female; Pedigree Number: 868; born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on July 10, 2013. Her father is Yong Yong and her mother is Er Yatou. Meng Meng is a moon-faced female panda with short snout and gentle, obedient temperament, like a big sister. She loves playing cute. She also loves people to take pictures of her. She looks really good in front of the camera.

 

 

Meng Meng

Meng Meng

 

 

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