Thailand Soon To Be Taken Over By 1,600 Pandas (Don’t Worry; They Look Pretty Tame)

What’s the best way to raise awareness of environmental preservation?

Take 1,600 sculpted pandas on an extensive world tour, of course!

1600 Pandas+, an exhibition spearheaded by French sculptor  and supported by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) France since 2008, will be headed for Bangkok over March and April of this year.

These papier mache pandas each have their own personalities and expressions, and have been touring the world since 2008 in a bid to raise awareness of panda conservation and to spread their message of “For the world we live in and the ones we love.”

The figure of 1,600 refers to the number of giant pandas living in the wild at the project’s inception in 2008.  The plus symbol now added to the exhibition’s name celebrates the 17 percent increase in the giant panda population since then, and also the awareness raised around the world.

The pandas have been hanging out in Hong Kong, Seoul and Malaysia recently and are headed to Bangkok at the start of March. Their travel itinerary for Thailand hasn’t yet been announced although Central Embassy have been revealed to be organising the Thailand leg of the exhibition, so it’s likely that there’ll pop up at the Phloen Chit luxury shopping mall at some point.

You can follow their journey and stay tuned for updates on their Thailand Facebook page here.

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Who’s ready for a cuteness overload?