ZooParc de Beauval in France is waiting for the arrival of their panda pair on loan from China.
The pandas who will move to Saint-Aignan will be Huan Huan & Yuan Zi from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The panda pair is 3 years old and they lived together with many pandas of the same age in Chengdu.
Huan Huan and Yuan Zi will move to Beauval soon, under a cooperative agreement of research, breeding and conservation work on giant pandas carried out in direct contact with Chinese researchers from the Chengdu Panda Base.
Let us introduce them quickly:
Huan Huan (female) was born on August 10, 2008. Her mother is Qi Zhen and her father is Lin Lin.
Huan Huan means ‘welcome’ or ‘great joy’. In 2008, 5 pandas of Chengdu were named Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying and Ni Ni. These names come from the slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, ‘Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni’, which means ‘Beijing is pleased to welcome you’.
Yuan Zi (male) was born on September 6, 2008. His mother is Yuan Yuan and his father is Ping Ping.
Yuan Zi means ‘the son of the one that has a round head!’ Yuan Zi’s mother, was called Yuan Yuan because her head is very round. The other part of his name, Zi, means ‘son’ in Chinese.
ZooParc de Beauval launched also a special panda website in french and english. Go to pandas.zoobeauval.com/ for more info.