HONG KONG -- The renovated Giant Panda Habitat in Hong Kong's Ocean Park
opened to the public on Sunday, where a pair of new-comer pandas made their
first public appearance.
Hong Kong singer-actor Andy Lau (in green), a
conservation ambassador, points at two giant pandas as they make their
first public appearance at the Hong Kong Ocean Park in Hong Kong, July 1,
The pair of young pandas -- Le Le and Ying Ying are the two giant pandas
presented by China's central government to the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region (HKSAR) as a gift to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return
to the motherland.
Le Le, male, was born on August 8, 2005, and Ying Ying, female, was born on
August 16 of the same year.
The panda couple, both born at the Wolong Center in Sichuan province, came to
Hong Kong on April 26, 2007. Since their arrival, they have been staying at the
Giant Panda Habitat, joining the two other pandas, An An and Jia Jia, who have
been living at Ocean Park since 1999.
The refurbished habitat has a total activity area of 600 square meters.
Divided into three separate activity zones for the pandas, each area is designed
to reflect the ecological environment in Sichuan, with a skylight roof allowing
natural light through. In the panda couple's room, extra climbing frames are
stationed at their enclosure, so they can be as active as they wish.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman of Ocean Park Allan Zeman said
that he was delighted that the Giant Panda Habitat's reopening coincided with
the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong's return to China.
"It is the perfect way for us to share our joy and excitement with the Hong
Kong public," he said.