Giant Panda Global Awards 2017February 12, 2018
The Panda Garden at Zoo Berlin won three Giant Panda Global Awards: Two first prizes were awarded in the category “Panda Moment of the Year” for the official opening of the Panda Garden and in the category “Favorite Panda Outside of China” for Meng Meng. Our Panda Garden won the third prize as „Most beautiful panda zoo enclosure“. We congratulate the Zoo Berlin and are very proud that our project is so well received internationally.
The official award ceremony took place on February 8 at Zoo Berlin. Amongst the invited guests were our CEOs Nicole Srock.Stanley and Kieren Stanley, who were pleased to receive the award for the Panda Garden, representing the dan pearlman Erlebnisarchitektur and Markenarchitektur. From 20 December 2017 to 21 January 2018, panda fans from all over the world cast their votes in the Giant Panda Global Awards. Following the arrival of Meng Meng and Jiao Qing in the summer of 2017, Zoo Berlin was nominated for the Giant Panda Global Awards for the first time – in five out of 12 categories.“We are very proud to have won these awards. The opening of the Panda Garden in the presence of Chancellor Merkel and President Xi was an incredible moment for us, too, and one that we shall remember for a long time to come“, says Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr Andreas Knieriem.
The Giant Panda Global Awards are organized to promote the important panda conservation work in China and abroad. “We want the Giant Panda Awards to draw attention to the threat facing giant pandas and promote efforts to protect them,” says Jeroen Jacobs, founder of the GiantPandaGlobal website. There are only 1.864 giant pandas left in the wild, the captive population today exists of 520 individuals. Panda fans from around the world are invited to vote for their favorite pandas, people and institutions. More than 300.000 votes from 127 different countries were registered during this year’s edition. The response has never been so great, not least because of the many German participants who voted for the awards.