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Giant pandas start new life in France

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08:08, January 16, 2012

Giant panda Huan Huan from China's southwest Sichuan province arrives Sunday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport to start its new life in France. Two giant pandas, Huan Huan and Yuan Zai, both 3 years old, will be directly delivered to the Beauval Zoo near the city of Tours in central France, where they will settled down in an living area of 2.5 hectares as their new home in France. The two pandas' arrival marks the return of the Chinese endangered species to France. Since 1973, two pandas had been sent to France, one died shortly after arriving, another one named Yen Yen died in 2000 of old age. (Photo/Xinhua)

PARIS - Two giant pandas from China's southwest Sichuan Province arrived Sunday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport to start their new life in France.

The two giant pandas, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, both 3 years old, will be directly delivered to the Beauval Zoo near the city of Tours in central France, where they will settled down in an living area of 2.5 hectares as their new home in France.

"The arrival of Huan Huan and Yuan Zi is a historic event for the Beauval Zoo. It reflects our excellent cooperation with China and our long-standing involvement in the protection of endangered species," said Frances Delord, Founder and President of the Beauval Zoo.

The two pandas' arrival marks the return of the Chinese endangered species to France. Since 1973, two pandas had been sent to France, one died shortly after arriving, another one named Yen Yen died in 2000 of old age.

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