Giant panda Le Le safely touched down at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport on 16 January 2024.
The Singapore-born panda is now serving his second round of quarantine, a mandatory measure, having completed the first stage at River Wonders in the Mandai Wildlife Reserve before his flight to China.
During this period, the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda (CCRCGP) will be monitoring Le Le closely to determine the most suitable permanent residence for him, post-quarantine.
Farewell to Le Le
16 January 2024 was an emotional day as the panda care team prepared Le Le for his flight and said their heartfelt goodbyes to him.
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Le Le’s customised travel crate was then loaded onto an air-conditioned truck that left for Singapore Changi Airport in the afternoon.
The palletised crate weighed about 600 kg.
Minister of State (Trade & Industry) Mr Alvin Tan, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Singapore, Mr Zhu Jing, as well as Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Singapore, Ms Qin Wen, were present on the tarmac to bid Le Le farewell.
Le Le was in good spirits during the flight and spent the time chomping on bamboo and bamboo shoots.
A New Chapter in China
Now that Le Le has arrived safely in China, he will officially join China’s giant panda conservation programme for the protection of his species.