1600+ Pandas Take Bangkok

Posted on April, 08 2016

The renowned 1600+ paper mache panda art piece comes to Bangkok to raise awareness around endangered species conservation and sustainable development.
Bangkok, 7 April, 2016 - After travelling around the world to spread the message of conservation and sustainable development, 1600 paper mache pandas, a world-class art piece by French artist Paulo Grangeon, have finally arrived in Thailand. Central Embassy - as a part of ‘Central Bangkok’ and curator AllRightsReserved, together with WWF-Thailand (World Wide Fund for Nature), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) proudly present, for the first time in Thailand, the ‘1600 Pandas+ World Tour in Thailand: For the world we live in and the ones we love’ exhibition.
Kicking off the excitement with the “1600 Pandas+ TH Flash Mobs”, the first stop on Friday, 4th March was at Sanam Luang, where locals and tourists enjoyed the adorable pandas first hand. Additionally, local volunteers participated in the event by placing all the pandas at the venue, where the furry friends were in view of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) for 3 hours only. After that, the pandas toured around other 9 more of Thailand’s iconic landmarks between the 7th and 19th March, 2016, to raise awareness of conservation for endangered species and environmental issues.
The finale of ‘1600 Pandas+ World Tour in Thailand: For the world we live in and the ones we love’ is now taking place at Central Embassy, the retail icon of Thailand, from 24th March – 10th April, 2016. The exhibition will feature various activities including a panda workshop, premium souvenirs and panda adoption. All proceeds will be donated to the WWF Thailand, to raise funds for wildlife conservation for endangered species in Thailand, especially Asian elephants and Indochinese tigers in the wild. More information can be found atwww.1600pandasplusth.com.
The 1600 Pandas World Tour was first launched in 2008 by WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon, who crafted 1600 pandas - the number of living pandas left in the wild at that time - with recycled materials in the form of paper mache. The pandas were exhibited at around 100 locations in many countries across the globe such as France, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and South Korea to advocate the message of conservation & sustainable development.
100,000 was the number of wild elephant population in Thailand nearly a century ago. Today, 2,500-3,200 elephant population remains. Due to habitat loss the Asian elephants now hold a conservation status of “endangered” to extinction. Tigers are an icon of wilderness and an indicator of healthy ecosystems. Having been listed as an endangered species, tigers are fast disappearing – the distribution of tigers has dropped by 93 per cent compare to their historic range 100 years ago and there are less than 200 tigers left in the wild in Thailand. Mae Wong and Khlong Lan National Parks, where WWF’s Tiger Rocovery Project based in, are a big-hope site for tiger recovery in Southeast Asia.
The 1600 pandas in front of Bangkok landmark, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
© WWF-Thailand