Pandas are cute and they’re coming to Everland! This spring, two endangered pandas will be making a new home for themselves in Korea and Samsung’s Everland amusement park and zoo has been chosen to take care of these precious arrivals in an all-new habitat and viewing enclosure.
Meanwhile, Everland has also linked up with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support its endangered species protection campaign, which panda-loving visitors to Everland will also be able to join.
A New Home for our New Panda Friends
A gift from China to Korea, two young giant pandas, one male and one female, will soon be moving into their new home at Everland just south of Seoul. The panda pair comes from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, also known as the Chengdu Panda Base.
Giant endangered pandas, recognizable for their distinctive black and white coats, were included on the World Heritage list in 2006 as an endangered species. Today, there are only 1,600 of these cute creatures in the world.
Based on an MoU signed between Korea and China last year, Everland will take custodial care of the two pandas for a 15-year term. Everland has prior experience in protecting endangered species. The amusement park and zoo has nurtured the endangered golden monkey, as well as pandas in the 1990s.
Everland is currently preparing a customized home and habitat for its new panda friends. For visitors coming to the zoo, the enclosure will feature cutting-edge IT technology from Samsung affiliates to create an exciting and educational experience.
Everland Joins UNDP’s Panda Conservation Campaign
In Chengdu last month, the UNDP introduced two pandas as its first-ever animal ambassadors. The pandas will help promote the organization’s Sustainable Development Goals. It also launched a global campaign to recruit volunteer Panda Envoys and a naming campaign for the two panda ambassadors (or “pambassadors”).
Supporting the campaign, 20 zoos from 13 countries, including Everland, will also take part.
The campaign aims to promote the protection of endangered wild animals across the world and raise awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. To become Panda Envoya, the public is being encouraged to visit one of the worldwide participating zoos, such as Everland, and take a selfie video with the giant pandas. Participants can submit their videos at www.sdgpanda.org.
You can meet Everland’s new pandas at their enclosure beginning spring 2016. For more information, please visit the Everland website.