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Panda sculptures charm travelers at a Hong Kong airport

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:26

June 10 - More than a thousand panda sculptures are showcased in Hong Kong International Airport to promote wildlife conservation. Roselle Chen reports.

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More than a thousand pandas arrived at Hong Kong International Airport on Monday (June 9), as part of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) tour aimed to promote conservation. The 1600 pandas, made out of recycled papier-mache, are the brainchild of French artist Paulo Grangeon, who started the project in 2008. SOUNDBITE: Paulo Grangeon, artist, saying (English): "I make only this with them, you cannot find in the shops. It's no toys. Every panda is hand-make, is a little different, and no pollution to do it." The number 1600 represents the number of pandas left in the wild in 2008. WWF CEO Adam Koo's goal is to properly educate people on pandas so they are preserved in their natural habitat. SOUNDBITE: Adam Koo, WWF CEO, saying (English): "You have to educate the people living with them, the pandas, that, do not be scared of them or if they intrude in on their property or whatever, don't shoot them, you know, that kind of work. And also, also, one other area is that we do work in trying to protect deforestation and illegal logging in China so that it improves their habitat." The pandas will appear at 10 different Hong Kong landmarks until June 21st, after which they will be sold for between $200 to $450 (HKD) with WWF using the proceeds for conservation initiatives.

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Panda sculptures charm travelers at a Hong Kong airport

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 01:26