"Wang Wang" - Moving a Mountain!
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In 2008, Zoos SA signed a cooperative agreement with China to help secure the long term survival of two Giant Pandas,
Wang Wang and Funi now call Adelaide Zoo home.
Wang Wang ("Net Net") in English
Born: 31/08/05 at Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China
Personality: He is a very laid-back and placid boy. Like all Giant Pandas, he loves to snooze but can usually roused by a fresh stalk of bamboo.
Funi ("Lucky Girl") in English
Born: 23/08/06 at Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China
Personality: She is very active and playful and often makes excited mewing vocalisations at feeding time. She is also very intelligent, curious and loves to explore.
Wang Wang and Funi are the only Giant Pandas in the Southern Hemisphere and the first to live permanently in Australia.
Funi is much more nimble than Wang Wang - in fact, she is actually quite elegant (for a Giant Panda!).
On 12 May 2008, the Wenchuan earthquake devastated the Sichuan province in China. Official casualties were 69,197 deaths, with thousands more missing, injured or homeless. The quake destroyed the Wolong Giant Panda Research Centre, which was home to around 280 Giant Pandas including Wang Wang and Funi. Sadly, Wang Wang’s mum, Mao Mao, did not survive the quake.
After the earthquake Wang Wang and Funi were transferred to the Baixiongpin Yaan Research Centre where they received intensive care from keepers to get them back to being happy and healthy Pandas.
Funi has a twin brother called Fuwa.
Seeing these beautiful rare Pandas up close and personal is definitely one of my life's highlights.
*Saving our endangered animals on this planet are a responsibility that each Nation's Politicians are accountable for!
*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera
Also by Christopher J Chalk
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