16 Mar '11, 5am

Singapore's giant #pandas, which will debut in early 2012, will be named Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

Singapore's giant #pandas, which will debut in early 2012, will be named Kai Kai and Jia Jia.

THE pair of giant pandas which Singapore will receive from China early next year has been christened Kai Kai and Jia Jia, following a six-month long contest calling for names to give the bears. Among the 1,000 entries gathered from the public, Kai Kai and Jia Jia was the overwhelming favourite of the judges, as it embodied the close relationship between Singapore and China, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) said on Wednesday. The pandas will make their debut in early 2012 at Singapore’s $180-million River Safari attraction in Mandai. Their 10-year loan from China is a joint collaboration between the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and WRS to raise awareness of the endangered animals, of which there are reportedly only 1,600 left in the wild. Kai Kai, the name for the three-year-old male giant panda, was chosen as it means “victorious” in Chinese (as in 凯旋, 凯...

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