Panda Summer Camp
Engaging young children on giant panda conservation
Issue: Jul 2011
Publicity poster for the Panda Summer Camp that CapitaLand China is organising on 15 July to spread the awareness of conservation of giant pandas
Judging from the box office of Kung Fu Panda 2, which grossed over US$430 million worldwide in just four weeks since its release, it’s clear that people can’t get enough of the adoring panda cartoon character or the animal itself.
Now, CapitaLand China is giving kids and their parents in Chengdu further reason to get more giant panda action. On 15 July, it is organising a Panda Summer Camp in Chengdu.
CapitaLand’s Commitment to Panda Conservation
Children in Chengdu, aged between five and nine years, can sign up for this camp. Those who sign up will then go through a quiz about giant pandas. The top 30 scoring kids from the quiz will be selected to participate in the one-day camp. One parent will be allowed to accompany each child on this camp.
During the camp, children and parents will visit the Ya'an Bifengxia Base of China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan to get to know the two giant pandas that will be loaned to Singapore beginning 2012 – Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉). The kids will be taught on the conservation efforts of these animals and introduced to Singapore River Safari – the home of Kai Kai and Jia Jia, when in Singapore for 10 years beginning 2012. Other thematic activities during the camp include learning a panda dance and drawing panda pictures.
“CapitaLand has been developing our business in the hometown of the giant pandas, Chengdu, for five years now. As a foreign developer in Chengdu, we are committed to contribute to the conservation efforts of these endangered giant pandas. The two giant pandas on loan to Singapore, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, will be supported by CapitaLand’s conservation donation in this 10-year collaborative programme. We hope that this summer camp in Chengdu will further contribute to the conservation efforts of these giant pandas and foster stronger cultural links between Singapore and China,” says Hoon Teck Ming, Regional General Manager, South West China, CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd.
Registration for the Panda Camp was closed on 29 June 2011.
Read about the children’s experience at the Panda Summer Camp in the August 2011 issue of INSIDE.