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Two new baby pandas born at Pairi Daiza animal park
Pairi Daiza animal park and the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, welcomed two new giant baby pandas on Thursday, reports Belga.
The births are the second and third for the species at the Hainaut park and in Benelux, following the arrival of Tian Bao in June 2016.
“It’s a new hope for the preservation of this species, classed endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), of which the reintroduction into nature of specimens born among humans is crowned with success,” said the park.
According to the park, 11 giant pandas born in captivity have so far been reintroduced into the wild, with nine of them still living.
The giant pandas have proved very popular at Pairi Daiza. Since the park introduced two pandas from China in 2014 and started a breeding programme, it has enjoyed a rise in visitor numbers.
Photo: Female Giant Panda Hao Hao and her baby Tian Bao, July 2016, Pairi Daiza - Joelle Wilemart