{Germany} Pandas in Berlin

January 21, 2015

Germany

Last week, I took #MuseumBaby to meet a friend of mine and her little boy at Berlin’s Natural History Museum. I hadn’t really paid much attention to the date, so was delighted to discover that their new special exhibition all about Pandas had just opened!

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Pandas are very popular, be it as star attractions in zoos, in advertising, or as cute motifs on children’s clothing. But other than that there are sadly very few of these beautiful animals left in the world, and that they like eating bamboo, what else do we really know about pandas? That is what this exhibition – simply named “Panda” – is trying to address.

At the centre of the exhibition is Yan Yan, the female panda who arrived at Berlin Zoo from China 20 years ago in the hope of breeding some panda cubs in Berlin. Sadly, Yan Yan died in 2007 without those hopes ever having been fulfilled. She has been kept in cold storage at the Museum für Naturkunde since her death, and will now be on display for six months after having skilfully been prepared by taxidermists at the museum, before her final journey home to China. Other related exhibits, such as the male panda Bao Bao who shared her zoo enclosure, also form part of the exhibition.

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The exhibition has been set up in cooperation with the WWF Deutschland, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, and the Berlin Zoo. If you are visiting Berlin in the next six months and want to find out everything you ever wanted to know about pandas and more, then head along to the Museum für Naturkunde – which is always worth a visit anyway! The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, and admission to the exhibition is included in the general admission fee. For up-to-date opening times and admission prices, check out the museum website.

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