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11-17-2012 21:12 BJT

At the home of the giant panda, in southwest China’s Sichuan province, the 2012 Pambassador contest has come to a conclusion. Three pambassadors have been chosen from 16 finalists. And they’ve had some truly amazing experiences during their time in China.

Congratulations to Chen Yinrong, Melissa Rose and Jerome Pouille. They’ve been selected for one of the coolest jobs in the world--Pambassador.

After an exciting selection process, Chinese candidate Chen Yinrong, Melissa Rose from the US and French national Jerome Pouille, were chosen from among the 16 finalists. They’re all huge fans of the endangered giant panda.

Chen Yinrong, Pambassador, said, "I’m very proud. There are two other members in my team. They share this honor with me. We’re really happy because we really love wild animals. We want to share our experience here with other people. We’d like to help raise public awareness about the plight of the panda and help more pandas return to the wild. "

The competition started in September. Millions of people filed applications to take part in the competition. At last, 16 competitors were chosen as finalists to compete for the three prestigious posts in Chengdu.

Those contestants have faced various challenges, including distinguishing edible bamboo, answering questions about pandas and making toys and food for them. Their rank was decided by their overall score in the whole competition. The top three would achieve the title "Pambassador".

Patrick Hazerman, Deputy Country Director, UNDP, said, "I think this contest is very important for protecting pandas, and it also aims at general conservation of the environment. The world is under a lot of pressure now. We need to pay attention to this global problem. It’s important to save the environment."

Now, the contest is over for the pambassadors, but their official role as ambassadors for the giant panda has just begun.

The three pambassadors will visit a dozen countries to promote the protection of pandas. The 2012 Pambassador contest has raised people’s awareness and knowledge of protecting this precious species, which is an issue of global importance.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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