XING Xing and Liang Liang, the giants pandas celebrated their 10th birthday recently at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre in Zoo Negara, Ampang.
The Seven Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora & Fauna stamp series launch was held in conjunction with the birthday of the giant pandas at Dataran Dato’ Ismail Hutson, Zoo Negara.
The event, launched by Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, was marked with the releasing of doves.
Tengku Amir Shah petting the panda at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre, Zoo Negara.
To mark the pandas’ birthday, a cake cutting event by Tengku Amir was also held.
Guests were later taken to the Giant Panda Conservation Centre to watch the pandas consuming their birthday cake that was made of ice and fruits.
Zoo Negara president Datuk Seri Zaharin Md Arif said the event was a collaboration between Zoo Negara, Pos Malaysia Bhd and Universiti Malaya.
“Pos Malaysia Bhd released seven miniature sheet stamp collections themed seven wonders of Malaysia’s flora and fauna that includes the seven classes of living things at Zoo Negara which are mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and flora,” said Zaharin.
Universiti Malaya created MEZOO, an education-based website with the information provided by the zoo and it was simplified for children with a more detailed option for adults and researchers.
Users are able to scan the QR code on the stamps and signboards at the zoo and they will be directed to the MEZOO website.
Zaharin (left) and Zoo Negara deputy president Rosly Rahmat Ahmat Lana (right) watch as Tengku Amir Shah releases the dove at Seven Wonders of Malaysia’s Flora & Fauna stamp series launch in conjunction with the birthday of the Giant Pandas.
“Zoo Negara will give free passes to enter the zoo and Giant Panda Conservation Centre for visitors who were born on Aug 23. It is hoped that this initiative by Zoo Negara, Pos Malaysia Berhad and Universiti Malaya, will give added value to local community and tourists,” added Zaharin.
Liang Liang and Xiang Xiang have been loaned to Malaysia by China, for 10 years, since 2014 to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China.
Nuan Nuan, the offspring of Liang Liang and Xiang Xiang, was born on Aug 18 last year at the National Zoo.
Zoo Negara Malaysia zoology, veterinary and giant panda conservation centre director Dr Mat Naim Ramli said the zoo would send the panda cub to China next year.
The panda enjoying the ice cake in celebration of its 10th birthday at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre, Zoo Negara.
“Even though we can renew the agreement and keep the panda cub for a maximun period of until it is four years old, but it is very costly.”
“If it is allowed by the Government and we were to have another panda-breeding process, when Nuan Nuan reaches two years old, it can no longer bond with its mother, Liang Liang.”
“We don’t have the budget nor enough space to build a separate place for the cub,” said Dr Mat Naim.
He added that they would have to pay USD600,000 (RM2.4m) for conservation fees to China for the panda cub and RM200,000 for annual insurance.
“Currently the operation cost is RM200,000 a month. However, we make about RM200,000 profit every month from the Giant Panda Conservation Centre,” he said adding that RM10,000 per month was spent on the pandas food.