Picture: Kindergarten for Giant Panda cubs opened in China
Published 02/11/2015 | 12:59
The cutest kindergarten you may ever see has been opened in Chengdu Research Base, China.
Baby giant pandas were brought out to waiting press during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Panda Kindergarten at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on October 24th in the Sichuan Province of China.
13 Giant Panda cubs (including six pairs of twin pandas, born at the Base in 2015) were ready for their close-up during the ceremony.
The twin cubs were born thanks to artificial insemination procedures at the Base, and were 'graduating' from the centre now that they are big enough.
The centre at Chengdu breeds and rears the giant panda cubs in an effort to increase the population of Giant Pandas. The giant panda is a 'conservation reliant endangered species', which means that they need help like that available from the Chengdu Research Base in order to keep their species going.
As of December 2014, 49 giant pandas were registered in captivity across eighteen zoos in thirteen countries outside of the 239 registered in captivity within China.
It is estimated that there are between 1,500 and 3,000 giant pandas living in the wild.