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Over 200 Paper Mache Pandas ‘Invade’ Putrajaya

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PUTRAJAYA – More than 200 paper mache pandas made their appearence today at Dataran Putrajaya, here, as part of the ‘1,600 Panda World Tour’ to create awareness on the threat of panda extinction.

Hundreds thronged Dataran Putrajaya to witness the adorable paper mache pandas which were in various poses and sizes placed in front of the Putrajaya Corporation complex. The panda flash mob, here, was held from 10am to noon.

Later, from 2pm to 4pm, the paper mache pandas, made from recycled paper, were placed at Dataran Putra.

The “pandas” started their world tour in 2008, a collaboration with French sculptor Paulo Grangeon and the World Wildlife Fund, in a bid to increase awareness on animal welfare and environmental conservation and are currently on a stop-over in Malaysia until Jan 25 next year.

The pandas have been displayed at several locations in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The pandas will make a stopover at 15 iconic landmarks throughout Malaysia including Batu Caves in Selangor, Teluk Intan Leaning Tower in Perak, National Monument in Kuala Lumpur and the Stadthuys in Melaka.

The 1,600 paper mache pandas are a symbolic representation of the number of giant pandas left in the world now.

Meanwhile, Melissa Tan, 31, said the ‘flash mob of pandas’ was to create awareness and educate the young generation to conserve the endangered species through creative and artistic approach.

“We should have more events like this,” she said.

For more information, the public can access the campaign Facebook page at 1600 Pandas MY. – BERNAMA

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