The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games are 25 days away…
but Olympic Pandas have already arrived!!!
As many of you have heard, China was devastated with a massive earthquake in May of this year. The region where the earthquake struck was particularly noteworthy to fans of the loveable Panda, as it was the location of the Wolong Nature Reserve, which is the world's largest Panda breeding center. An estimated 1,400 Pandas live in the earthquake affected areas.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for the quake-shaken area, eight young Pandas were evacuated from the earthquake region in June and moved to the Beijing Zoo. These eight Pandas are now being referred to as the "Olympic Pandas", due to their arrival right before the beginning of the Olympics. This has created a pandemonium of interest in anticipation for the Olympic Games to go along with the aura of cuteness that typically represents all Pandas. Visitors to Beijing are making special trips to the Beijing Zoo just to see these Pandas. However you need not go to Beijing to see an Olympic Panda…Panda America has MANY Olympic Year 2008 Panda coins and medals from China available NOW!