South Korean Lotte Corporation is hosting the “1600 Panda +” exhibition, appealing for wild animal protection, in the Lotte World Mall in Seoul, the company said on July 8.
Choi Won-seok, a public relations representative of the company, said that there are 1800 pandas exhibited. According to the Chinese government’s announcement, the number of wild pandas increased by 17 percent in the last decade, surpassing 1,800 this year, the Lotte Corporation said.
The “1600 Panda +” exhibition was initially launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Paulo Grangeon, a French sculptor, in 2008. At the time, 1600 pandas made with recycled paper were exhibited in Paris, the Lotte Corporation said. At that time, the number of wild pandas was 1600, the company said.
South Korea is the ninth country hosting the exhibition after the Netherlands, Italy, and Switzerland, the Lotte Corporation said.
Noh Byeong-yong, CEO of the Lotte Corporation, said that he would like to appeal for environmental protection while providing special attractions to visitors of the Lotte World Mall, via the “world class” public art exhibition.
The exhibition in South Korea is held at the Lotte World Mall in Seoul until July 30.