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We’ll be having 1,600 pandas traveling across our country very soon on the next stop of their world tour.

Yes, even these adorable creatures get their world tour and with good reason too. But not the usual furry creatures that we all know and love so well. These pandas are a different lot.

In effort to promote the message of panda conservation and sustainable development, these 1,600 pandas will be visiting more than 15 iconic landmarks across the country for the ‘1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour’. With the theme of ‘Initiating the Culture of Creative Conservation’, the tour will be held for the first and only time in Malaysia from 21 December 2014 to 25 January 2015.

The pandas will arrive in Malaysia after more than 5 years since the first appearance in France. Previously, it had caused quite a frenzy on social media and it also gained strong local participation across the globe. The 1,600 Pandas World Tour which started in 2008 as a collaboration between WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon.

The tour has since appeared in more than 100 exhibitions across various countries such as France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Malaysia will be the 1,600 Pandas’ third stop after Hong Kong in the Asian region. It will not be finally making its way to Malaysia!

Paulo Grangeon, an enthusiastic French sculptor with more than 30 years of experience, created the 1,600 papier-mache pandas in various poses, emotions and sizes using recycled paper, as a symbolic representation of the amount of pandas left in the wild.

Paulo Grangeon will also be creating a special version white mascot panda paper mache representing the uniqueness of Malaysian culture to be used for workshops, specifically in honour of the Malaysian tour. The main aim of the tour is to bring awareness to the locals on the importance of panda conservation and sustainable development, symbolically encouraging Malaysians to be more aware of our natural environment and the need to conserve it.

The 1,600 pandas will appear more than 15 iconic landmarks in Malaysia. More details of the stopover will be revealed in due course.

The ‘1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour’ is brought to you by Faster Advertising together with consulting curator AllRightsReserved. Funds raised from the ‘1,600 Pandas Malaysia Tour’ will be channeled to support WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts.

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