October 4, 2022
BEIJING – Increasing cooperative exchanges expected, expert says
In early autumn, pandas in the forests of the China Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in Wolong Nature Reserve, in Wenchuan, Sichuan province, attract many tourists.
In March 1999, two pandas, Jia Jia and An An, were sent to Hong Kong from Sichuan and settled in the Ocean Park. This was the first time that Hong Kong had pandas living in its zoo. In 2007, another pair of giant pandas, Ying Ying and Le Le, also came from Sichuan to Hong Kong.
On May 12, 2008, the Wenchuan earthquake caused huge damage to the center and the buildings were completely destroyed. During the post-disaster reconstruction, Hong Kong helped by donating 1.42 billion yuan for more than 23 assistance projects. After more than five years of reconstruction efforts, the new center — the Chinese Giant Panda Park — was successfully opened on May 11, 2016. In the five years since then, more than 120 giant panda cubs have been born at the park.
“Thanks to the giant pandas, we are establishing more cooperative exchanges with Hong Kong, especially in breeding,” said Li Guo, an expert at the Center’s management office.