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It’s Pandamonium in Hong Kong

It’s Pandamonium in Hong Kong
10 Jun 2014

Hong Kong is well known for being a bustling and exciting city to explore on a holiday in Asia, but it’s not usually associated with wildlife.

In a bid to raise awareness of the threat to wild pandas, WWF has teamed up with French artist Paulo Grangeon to create 1,600 papier-mache pandas - one for every animal that still survives in the wild.

These black-and-white replicas of the famous bear will tour Hong Kong over the coming months, appearing next to many of the city’s best-known landmarks, including the Shatin Racecourse and the Avenue of Stars.

Yesterday (9 June), the pandas put in an appearance at Hong Kong airport, marking the beginning of their one-month tour of the city. The creations have previously appeared in Taiwan, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Speaking to Associated Press, Grangeon said he doesn’t want panda numbers to dwindle further, adding: ‘I don’t want to see the last panda in the zoo.’

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