“FedEx Panda Express” Brings Giant Pandas to France

Two giant pandas made their way from China to ZooParc de Beauval in France today. FedEx Express donated services to transport the giant pandas in a special plane named the “FedEx Panda Express”! The pandas, three year old female Huan Huan and three year old male panda Yuan Zi, will be the first giant pandas in more than 10 years to be in France.

“The arrival of Huan Huan and Yuan Zi is a historic eventfor ZooParc de Beauval, marking the accomplishment of a great collaboration with China and a lifelong commitment to animals and their protection. It has been our dream for a long time and we have been looking forward to this moment for five years now, since the Zoo first embarked on this epic journey to bring giant pandas to France,” said Françoise Delord, founder and President of ZooParc de Beauval.  “Our dedicated team has worked tirelessly to create a world-class enclosure to house our newest additions, which will offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view these extraordinary animals”.

Currently, conservationists estimate that only 1,600 pandas remain in the wild. Both Huan Huan and Yuan Zi are part of global giant panda conservation programs, designed to increase the panda population.

If you are interested in learning more follow the pandas’ journey at http://blog.fedex.com/panda-express-france or http://news.fedex.com/PandaExpress2012.