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'Pandas on Tour' art exhibit to be displayed at Taipei City Hall

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Government announced yesterday that the famous “Pandas on Tour” exhibition by French artist Paulo Grangenon will be in Taipei from Feb. 28, with 1,600 paper-mache pandas to be displayed in the public square in front of Taipei City Hall.

According to the organizer, this exhibition originated from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2008 in order to bring attention to protecting endangered species around the world. At the invitation of the WWF, Grangenon created 1,600 pandas from recycled paper. This number represents the current amount of real pandas left in the world.

For the Taiwan exhibition, the artist specially created another 200 Formosan black bears in order to support wildlife protection acts for local animals.

Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), mayor of Taipei City, said after the birth of the Taipei Zoo's giant panda cub there are more people aware of the need to protect endangered species. Through the exhibition, Hau hopes that people can not only learn more about this issue, but he hopes they will also care more about local wild animals.

After the exhibition, the art works will be put into a charity bazaar to raise funds for local wildlife protection organizations.

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