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Name Singapores Giant Pandas

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand have launched a Singapore-wide competition to name the pair of Giant Pandas which will arrive in Singapore in 2011.

The pair of male and female pandas will be on loan to WRS from the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) as part of a 10-year joint collaboration to promote the conservation of Giant Pandas and kick-start a breeding research programme.

WRS is the parent company of Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, Singapore Zoo and the upcoming River Safari, which will be home to the pandas. CapitaLand, one of Asias largest real estate companies, is the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda collaborative programme.

Members of the public can submit their entries for the names of the two new furry black and white residents until 31 August 2010.

The names must be symbolic in meaning, reflect the close relationship between Singapore and China, and be easy to pronounce. Suggested names given for both male and female Giant Pandas must be in Chinese, with the option of an English, Malay or Tamil translation.

Each entry comes with a participation fee of Sin$2, which will be donated in full to the Giant Panda Conservation Fund for the pandas upkeep.

The winning pair of names, to be announced in October 2010, will be picked by a panel of judges comprising representatives from the Singapore Tourism Board, Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Singapore, WRS and CapitaLand.

The winner will receive a complimentary three-night stay at any Ascott serviced residence worldwide, an exclusive preview of the Giant Panda exhibit when it opens in 2012 and other attractive prizes.

The River Safari, Asias first river-themed park and WRS fourth and latest nature attraction, will be home to the two Giant Pandas.

The arrival of the Giant Pandas is a milestone for WRS and Singapore. We call upon the local community to welcome these gentle creatures by taking part in a nation-wide search for their names, to demonstrate our commitment to wildlife conservation and to celebrate the close ties between Singapore and China, said Ms Fanny Lai, Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.

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