Starting today, July 10th through to August 8th, 888 paper mache pandas will be on display in Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court as part of the 1600 Pandas + World Tour.
During the exhibit, you will have the chance to reserve and adopt one of the paper mache pandas on display. Visit the Adoption Kiosk in Grand Court for details on how to make your donation to reserve your panda. All adoptions will be available for pick up from August 10-12, 2018 in Grand Court during mall hours.
The 1600 Pandas World Tour was first launched in 2008 by the WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon, who handcrafted 1,600 paper mache pandas— the number of living pandas left in the wild at that time — with recycled materials. The updated exhibit title "1600 Pandas+" refers not only to the 17% increase in the population of wild giant pandas to over 1,800 in the past decade, but also to increased public awareness of panda conservation, as an always symbolic reminder of wildlife sustainability. Having been through France, the Netherlands, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and nearly 100 exhibitions around the world, the pandas have now arrived in North America for its very first time.
Be sure to take all your pandtastic photos in the selfie zone, and share your photos online using #1600PandasPlusCA for a chance to win a weekly prize of a panda gift pack and a $50 Metropolis gift card!