A pair of pandas named Huan Huan and Yuan Zi has been sent to Paris from the zoo of Chengdu in China. These beauties would be on a loan of a decade to France and be treated as replacement of Yen Yen who died in 2000 – that had been given to the then President of France Georges Pompidou in the 1970s. A second panda that had come along with Yen Yen died soon after arriving in Paris.
Normally pandas are shy animals and reluctant to breed but the pair of Huan Huan and Yuan Zi have, reportedly, shed their inhibitions.
On arrival in France, the pandas would be housed in special enclosure of 2.5 hectare area and adorned with pagodas of Chinese style as well as lion statues made on marble to give then a feel of their homeland.