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Panda house opens in NE China

09-29-2012 15:14 BJT

DALIAN, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A panda house accommodating three giant pandas opened Saturday in northeast China's Liaoning Province, becoming the region's first center for panda breeding and exhibition.

A panda enjoys its meal at Dalian Panda House in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 29, 2012. With three pandas from southwest China's Sichuan Province, the newly-built panda house, covering an area of 10,000 square meters, opened on Saturday. (Xinhua/Yan Ping)

The house is located in the Dalian Forest Zoo of the city of Dalian, a zoo spokesman said.

The house's three giant pandas include two females (named Fei Yun and Cai Zhen, respectively), as well as a male named Jin Hu, the spokesman said.

The pandas were brought to the house from the Bifengxia Panda Base at the China Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The Sichuan base has dispatched keepers to help the pandas better adapt to their new environment, the spokesman said, adding that the pandas are in good shape.

Giant pandas are among the world's most endangered species. According to the State Forestry Administration, about 1,600 pandas currently live in the wild, mostly in the mountains of Sichuan, while more than 300 live in captivity.

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