Pandasia most beautiful panda enclosure of the world
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During the Giant Panda Global Awards, the Pandasia giant panda enclosure at Ouwehands Zoo was declared the most beautiful of its kind in the world. Panda experts and fans from across the globe could cast their votes from 18 January 2019 to 10 February 2019 and Ouwehands Zoo took first place, receiving the vast majority of the 303,496 votes. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes in this category were awarded to Zoo Berlin and Ahtari Zoo. In the category of ‘most beautiful giant panda enclosure’, 10 parks were nominated worldwide.
Quote from Robin de Lange, director of Ouwehands Zoo: “We are very happy with these awards. Over 303.000 pandafans have voted for these awards. To be elected for the second time as 'Most beautiful panda enclosure in the world' is a great honour. It shows appreciation for the creativity and the efforts of the Ouwehands Zoo construction team and our Chinese construction partner, CZICC. The prizes for 'Most Favorite Panda Zoo Restaurant' and 'Favorite Light Festival' have also been received with pride.’’
Giant Panda Global Awards
The Giant Panda Global Awards were organised by www.GiantPandaGlobal.com, a website dedicated to giant pandas throughout the world whose objective is to call attention to the conservation of this species. “With the Giant Panda Global Awards, we hope to highlight all the past, present and future efforts made and being made to save this special species,” said Jeroen Jacobs, the man behind www.GiantPandaGlobal.com.
Pandasia has been built according to traditional Chinese style. The project consists of two stunning Chinese buildings connected to each other by a wooden bridge. The whole area covers about 9,000 m². Pandasia consists of a separate internal and external enclosure for the male and female, along with several night accommodations, a delivery room, and a cold store for storing bamboo. The roof and wall structures were made in China using traditional methods, and have been finished in authentic colours. The shape, structure, proportions, materials, symbolism and colours of the buildings are all based on a Chinese temple. In addition, a restaurant with a Chinese/Asian look and a Panda gift shop make the project complete.
Giant panda conservation
The giant panda is an endangered species that is only found in the wild in China. At the last count, there were only 1,864 giant pandas living in the wild. In addition to the arrival of the giant pandas in Rhenen, Ouwehands Zoo will make a substantial financial contribution each year to support nature conservation activities in China.