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GiantPandaGlobal.com is a website that contains historical facts, visitor information and news about the giant pandas around the world. The Giant Panda-encyclopedia’s mission is to spread the word about giant panda conservation.

GiantPandaGlobal.com was founded by Jeroen Jacobs.
The first edition of the website went online on October 15, 2000, as “My Giant Panda Page”.
From 2007 until 2015 you could find all the panda information on GiantPandaZoo.com and the current concept by the name of GiantPandaGlobal.com was launched on January 6, 2016.

Jeroen Jacobs was born on November 6, 1985 in Antwerp, Belgium.

His giant panda story started when 2 giant pandas, Wan Wan & Xi Xi, visited his home town Antwerp in the Summer of 1987. As so many people around the world, he became fascinated by these black and white bears on loan from China. Many visits to the Zoo van Antwerpen were the start of a passion for pandas.

Jeroen Jacobs during his first giant panda visit at the Zoo van Antwerpen 1992 04 12 Zoo de Vincennes - Jeroen Jacobs & Yen Yen 2013 08 26 ZooParc de Beauval - Yuan Zi 002

5 years after the panda loan to Belgium, Jeroen and his family made their first panda vacation trip.
They visited Yen Yen at the Zoo de Vincennes in Paris, France on April 12, 1992. This was the start of his many panda travels.

Jeroen has seen giant pandas at the following locations:

  • Zoo van Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium (1987),
  • Zoo de Vincennes, Paris, France (1992, 1995, 1996, 1998),
  • London Zoo, London, United Kingdom (1993),
  • Zoo Madrid, Madrid, Spain (1994, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017),
  • Zoo Berlin, Berlin, Germany (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017),
  • Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C., U.S.A. (1996, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2016),
  • Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City, Mexico (1996, 1997),
  • San Diego Zoo, San Diego, U.S.A. (1999, 2007, 2011, 2016),
  • Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, U.S.A. (2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017),
  • Tiergarten Schönbrunn / Zoo Vienna, Vienna, Austria (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017),
  • Memphis Zoo, Memphis, U.S.A. (2005, 2009, 2017),
  • Ueno Zoo, Tokyo, Japan (2007, 2015),
  • Kobe Oji Zoo, Kobe, Japan (2007),
  • Adventure World, Wakayama, Japan (2007, 2015),
  • Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu, China (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016),
  • Chengdu Zoo, Chengdu, China (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014),
  • Ya’an Bi Feng Xia Base of CCRCGP, Bi Feng Xia, China (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014),
  • Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China (2011),
  • Changsha Ecological Zoo, Changsha, China (2011)
  • Chongqing Zoo, Chongqing, China (2011, 2012, 2014),
  • Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016),
  • Charles De Gaulle Roissy Airport, Paris, France (2012),
  • ZooParc de Beauval, Saint-Aignan, France (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016),
  • Ocean Park Hong Kong, Aberdeen, Hong Kong (2012, 2015, 2016),
  • Parque de Seac Pai Van, Coloane, Macau (2012),
  • Chimelong Safari Park, Guangzhou, China (2012, 2015, 2016),
  • Guangzhou Zoo, Guangzhou, China (2012, 2015),
  • Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, China (2012),
  • Chengdu Field Research Centre for Giant Pandas CRBGPB, Dujiangyan, China (2012, 2014, 2016),
  • River Safari, Singapore (2013),
  • Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2013),
  • Panda Paradise, Langzhong, China (2013),
  • Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Canada (2014, 2016),
  • Du Jiang Yan Base of CCRCGP, Du Jiang Yan, China (2014, 2016),
  • Brussels Airport, Brussels, Belgium (2014),
  • Pairi Daiza, Cambron-Casteau, Belgium (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017),
  • Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014, 2016),
  • Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide, Australia (2014),
  • Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan (2014),
  • Fuzhou Panda World, Fuzhou, China (2014, 2015),
  • Shenzhen Safari Park, Shenzhen, China (2015),
  • Hangzhou Zoo, Hangzhou, China (2015),
  • Hangzhou Safari Park, Hangzhou, China (2015),
  • Dalian Forest Zoo, Dalian, China (2015),
  • Shanghai Zoo, Shanghai, China (2015),
  • Shanghai Wild Animal Park, Shanghai, China (2015, 2016),
  • Everland, Yongin, South Korea (2016),
  • Geng Da Base of CCRCGP, Wolong, China (2016),
  • He Tao Ping Base of CCRCGP, Wolong, China (2016),
  • Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen, Rhenen, the Netherlands (2017).

Jeroen has 2 sons. Luca Jacobs was born on November 10, 2008 & Tibo Jacobs on August 7, 2010.

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His first trip to China, the giant panda’s home country, was in September 2010.
One year later, he attended the ‘Annual Conference of the Chinese Committee of Breeding Techniques for Giant Pandas’ for the first time.

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Jeroen wants to send this message to all panda fans around the world:
Without the great work of panda experts over the past 25 years, there was a possibility that there would be no more giant pandas today… It is very important for our planet that we don’t lose this amazing animal. I think we all should try to support the important panda conservation work in China. They do great work and it looks like the world became a little better for the giant panda. But we cannot forget that there is still much work to do… and that habitat protection is very important for our planet. Let’s all try to Make a Difference in Panda Conservation!