Giant Panda Twins at
French Zoo Get Names
Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zhang Jiaqi and French football star Kylian Mbappe revealed on Thursday the names of the newborn giant panda cubs at Beauval Zoo in central France. More than 120,000 French netizens have cast their vote to choose Huan Lili and Yuan Dudu from five pairs of names for the twin cubs, zoo officials said, adding that the two names represent the friendship between France and China as well as the wish for good health to the cubs.

The twin cubs were born to mother Huan Huan and father Yuan Zai in August. The parents arrived in France in 2012.

"In about two months, another panda, one of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games mascots, Bing Dwen Dwen, will draw the world's attention in my hometown Beijing. I also look forward to meeting athletes from around the world in Paris in 2024," Zhang told journalists.

Mbappe said that it was a memorable moment to participate in such an event with an Olympic champion. He felt proud and honored. Yu Jinsong, Charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to France, said that Huan Huan and Yuan Zai have been expanding their family since arrival, thanks to the joint efforts of Beauval Zoo and China's Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. They are symbols of Sino-French friendship.

In 2017, Huan Huan gave birth to twin cubs, the first panda babies born in France. The first cub died shortly after its birth and the second one was named Yuan Meng.

Across China: Wild giant pandas "take over" former logging farms
It's already winter, but a forest in southwest China's Sichuan Province is still thick with colorful trees, in sharp contrast to the barren hills in the same area two decades ago. The Xiaozhaizigou area in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County, home to 47 giant pandas and hundreds of other animal species, is part of the country's Giant Panda National Park.

In mid-October, China officially designated the first group of five national parks, including the Giant Panda National Park. The Xiaozhaizigou area covers 443.8 square km, but more than 360 square km was once logging farms, with the ecological environment severely damaged.

After more than 20 years of reforestation and ecological restoration efforts, the area has become an ideal habitat for giant pandas and other wild animals. "The giant pandas have 'taken over' the former logging farms," said Zhao Jun, manager of the Xiaozhaizigou area of the Giant Panda National Park, adding that the number of giant pandas in the area rose from zero in 1977 to 47 in 2015. "The population of the species is still on the rise."

Forest ranger Liu Xiandong used to be a logger. He remembered the area had been cut down into a barren hill by 1997. "The trees were gone. Wild animals disappeared. Natural disasters like landslides became common," Liu recalled.
In 1998, Sichuan Province launched a natural forest protection project, with loggers putting down axes and picking up shovels to plant trees. Fu Yong, a forest ranger manager, has been planting trees in the area since then. "The tree was as thin as my thumb back then," he said while pointing at a tree with a diameter of more than 40 cm.

After the trees became a forest with growing populations of wild animals, the focus of the rangers has shifted from tree plantation to monitoring, researching and protecting wildlife, said Fu. To date, the Xiaozhaizigou area has seen 15 wild animal species under China's top-level national protection. This year alone, the infrared cameras installed in the area have recorded 12 video clips of giant panda activities so far. Golden snub-nosed monkeys and takins are among the other rare species captured by the cameras.

China's total area of giant pandas' habitats surged to 25,800 square km in 2015 from 13,900 square km in 1988, national survey results show. Over the past 20 years, forest rangers in the Xiaozhaizigou area have trekked an average of some 20,000 km per person in total. "Seeing the hills turning green again and wild animals wandering around, I feel our efforts are worthwhile," said the forest ranger Liu.
Winter Comes Early For Xiao Qi Ji
“Winter” came a little early to the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat this year, care of our Department of Nutrition Science. Our commissary team provided us with a pallet of ice for all three pandas to play in. Like Mei Xiang and his father, Tian Tian, Xiao Qi Ji seems to be a big fan of the cold stuff. He had a blast conquering the ice “mountain” and even did some sledding!

From the time our giant panda cub, Xiao Qi Ji, was 6 months old, he has been a very good listener. Now, at 15 months old, he regularly responds to keepers. When it is time for us to put more food in his outdoor habitat, we call the bears’ names so they know it’s time to come inside. Often, Xiao Qi Ji climbs down a tree or runs from the front of the habitat to see what treats keepers might have in store for him.

As keeper Mariel Lally mentioned in her last update, Xiao Qi Ji takes mealtime very seriously. Although he receives his own diet every day, we still see him sneak some food that was meant for his mother, Mei Xiang, from time to time. He is quite a clever boy and will steal her apple or carrot, then run to the top of the rockwork or into the den to eat it!

Thanks to his healthy appetite, Xiao Qi Ji has been growing steadily. Recently, he weighed-in at 82.5 pounds—10.5 pounds more than last month. We help him keep physically active by offering him a variety of enrichment to investigate—like a tub filled with toys and non-toxic bubble bath.
Chronicle Releases Second Panda NFT
Our panda partner, Chronicle, has released their second NFT in their panda series. We are appreciative of all our donors who purchased the first NFT and ventured into this new virtual world which has helped us to raise over $6,000! There are still a few NFT's left from the 1st drop. There are only 100 NFT's released from this second drop which are available for purchase now! Thank you for all your support.

Pia, Sophia and Ella Raise
Funds for the Pandas
Pia, Sophia and Ella held a bake-sale on their street during the summer holidays, selling cupcakes, brownies and homemade lemonade as well as preparing a special cookie that people could guess the weight off for a donation.

Through their efforts they have been able to raise a staggering £66 for Pandas International.

Thank you for girls for helping the giant pandas.
PandaMania is a collection of 999 unique PandaMania NFTs – unique digital collectibles living on the Ethereum blockchain. Our super cute collection of 999 unique Pandas will raise money to help Pandas International with the propagation and preservation of the Giant Panda.

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