Panda-ready: Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia can look forward to a lush habitat peppered with waterfalls, climbing structures and other enrichment features designed to allow the pandas to rest, explore, climb and even swim. PHOTO CREDITS: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

Singapore, 4 September 2012 – Giant panda fans waiting with bated breath for Kai Kai (凯 凯) and Jia Jia’s (嘉嘉) arrival will be able to witness their historical touchdown in Singapore via a ‘live’ feed at http://pandas.riversafari.com.sg on 6 September.

The live streaming of the event will be made possible with the support of SingTel’s Media Delivery Platform, a new media service which allows enterprises to publish and broadcast their digital contents to media devices or platforms.

The giant pandas from Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base will be flown to Singapore on board a Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747 freighter and are expected to touch down at Changi Airport at 8.20am. As soon as the flight arrives, pandamaniacs will be able to follow the endangered bears’ journey from Changi Airport to their quarantine enclosure at the Yangtze River zone of the upcoming River Safari, which will also house other endangered wildlife from China such as the giant salamander and the red panda.

After completing a month-long quarantine, the pandas will be released into their exhibit to explore and familiarise themselves with their new surroundings before going on public display. Visitors can visit Kai Kai and Jia Jia when the giant panda exhibit opens in December this year.

The 1,500m2 giant panda complex – the largest in Southeast Asia – simulates the bears’ natural habitat, with lush live plants, boulders and water features. Waterfalls with shallow pools, climbing structures and other enrichment features are designed to allow the pandas to rest, explore, climb and even swim. Outdoor yards have been created so that the pandas can enjoy fresh air and have the option to experience our tropical climate.

The temperature in the climate-controlled exhibit is kept between 18-22 degrees Celsius year round. Humidity is also set at 50-60 per cent to ensure the pandas are always comfortable. The habitat’s specifications exceed those set by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

In celebration of the giant pandas’ arrival, SingPost will issue specially-designed commemorative stamps. The stamps will feature the panda pair in three designs depicting them in various playful and relaxed poses. The stamp products can be purchased at all post offices and the Singapore Philatelic Museum starting 6 September.

Kai Kai and Jia Jia will be in Singapore for 10 years as part of a joint collaboration between China Wildlife Conservation Association and WRS to raise public awareness on wildlife conservation and develop a breeding programme for these endangered animals. There are fewer than 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild. The pair of giant pandas also emphasises the close diplomatic relations between Singapore and China.

CapitaLand, the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda collaborative programme, has pledged a conservation donation to support the 10-year collaborative programme to promote giant panda conservation; and Singapore Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of these gentle animals.

Singapore will be the ninth country to receive giant pandas from China since 1994.