Category: Weird Articles
Published on Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
French artist Paulo Grangeon along with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), came up with a brilliant and adorable idea to educate the public on the massive decline of Giant Pandas. They decided to create 1,600 little papier-mâché pandas, each representing every single living panda in the world today, and take them on a tour from Taiwan to 10 major Asian cities and around the globe.
The number of pandas made were not chosen at random. Each papier-mâché panda represents one of only 1,600 (or even less) pandas that are left in the wild. So while these pandas might seem to look like a never-ending sea of black and white when assembled in a city square, in reality, these are all that is left of the entire wild panda population. And it is sad to see that the whole population can actually fit into a single city square.
The pandas toured scenic European cities like Paris and Rome before coming home to Taiwan to prepare visiting 10 cities in Asia.
Efforts to revive the panda population have been met with difficulty due to their dwindling natural habitat and the reluctance of the pandas to mate in captivity. Even wild pandas have difficulty mating, as they have only a very short window of time (usually 2-3 days) once a year during which the female can be fertilized.