Handover of the Giant Panda Monument from Adventure World in Shirahama to Chengdu Panda Base Held in Chengdu
On February 24, 2023, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (hereinafter referred to as “Panda Base”) held a special handover ceremony at the Panda Tower. To commemorate the nearly 30-year international cooperation on giant panda research and breeding between the Panda Base and the Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture, Japan, the latter specifically gifted the Panda Base a monument in shape of giant pandas Yong Ming, Mei Mei and their child. This monument of special significance will be permanently placed in the Panda Base, marking that both sides will continue their efforts to further promote China-Japan international technological cooperation on giant pandas and contribute to the friendship of the two countries. Yin Zhidong, secretary and director of the Panda Base, Koji Imazu, director of Adventure World in Shirahama and the keeper representative Kazumasa Mashiba attended this ceremony.
On the ceremony, director Yin Zhidong said, “29 years ago, it was in Chengdu Shuangliu Airport that Yong Ming, two years old then, took the flight to Japan for the globally first “international cooperation on giant panda research and breeding”. Today, the handover of the giant panda monument is not only to thank and commemorate giant pandas travelling to Japan for their extraordinary contribution, but also the monument of friendship and achievements marking the nearly 30-year international cooperation on giant panda research and breeding between the Panda Base and Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama.
Director Koji Imazu also emphasized that “It is hoped that through this monument, people all around the world will pay more attention to China-Japan cooperation on giant pandas research and breeding and the importance of conservation of endangered species. The Adventure World will contribute more to China-Japan research and cooperation on giant pandas breeding and our friendship.”
Then, director Yin Zhidong and Koji Imazu jointly unveil the monument to mark the official finishing of the ceremony.
Tao Bang and Ying Bang, the two giant pandas back to China, are expected to show in front of the public at the end of March 2023. At that time, the keepers will place welcome gifts at their sites.
This handover is a kind of recognition and commemoration of the long-standing China-Japan cooperation and efforts, more than just amicable exchanges in the field of wild animal conservation. It is hoped that such spirit of friendly cooperation can last forever and make greater contributions to the conservation of rare wild animals.
Yin Zhidong, secretary and director of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is delivering a speech.
Koji Imazu, director of the Adventure World in Shirahama, Wakayama prefecture, Japan, is delivering a speech.
Director Yin Zhidong and Koji Imazu jointly unveil the Monument.