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Calgary Zoo to host two rare giant pandas

After learning the Calgary Zoo has won a bid to host two giant pandas, one young conservationist is excited to see them.

After learning the Calgary Zoo has won a bid to host two giant pandas, one young conservationist is excited to see them.

Holly Hykawy said she has been taking her kids to the zoo since they were babies.

“It’s really exciting for my eight-year-old daughter,” said Hykawy. “For her birthday last year she adopted a gorilla instead of having birthday presents.”

Annika, 8, said she’s “really excited” to learn about the pandas.

“I’ve never actually seen a panda so I sort of want to know what they look like,” said Annika.

“I sort of like learning about how they’re endangered and why.”

For the staff at the Calgary Zoo, hosting “an icon for world conservation,” is just as exciting, said Laurie Herron, manager of communications.

“It’s been 20 years since they were here the last time so there’s an entire generation of people who’ve never had the opportunity to see them,” she said.

 
 
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