Giant pandas coming to the Netherlands next month

Giant Panda
Giant Panda. Photo: Jcwf / Wikimedia Commons

Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will be coming to the Netherlands on April 12th. They will arrive at Schiphol before being transported ot the Ouwehand Zoo in Rhenen, where they will stay, NU.nl reports.

The Dutch public will still have to wait a while before being able to see the pandas. They have to spend a few weeks in quarantine after their arrival. 

The Ouwehand Zoo has been working for years to get the pandas. China is very stingy with loaning their endangered pandas to foreign zoos. Worldwide only 18 zoos have pandas in them. In January a Chinese delegation approved the panda habitat at the zoo, after a number of adjustments. 

Wu Wen and Xing Ya are a male and female pair that were born in a Chinese breeding program. The hope is that they will have cubs at the Dutch zoo.

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