Dec. 13 is the last day Singaporeans can bid farewell to Le Le before the panda cub jets off to China

Le Le receiving a jab prior to his departure. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group
Le Le receiving a jab prior to his departure. Photo: Mandai Wildlife Group

If you’ve been meaning to visit Le Le, the cute and cuddly giant panda cub at River Wonders, you’d better hurry. 

The furry star is leaving Singapore for good on Jan. 16, 2024, and his last day of public appearance before he goes into pre-departure quarantine is Dec. 13, 2023.

Le Le, who was born in Singapore in 2021, will be transported by Singapore Airlines to China, joining the country’s conservation programme to help save his endangered species. Before he goes, his care team is making sure he is ready for the journey by giving him vaccinations, health checks, and crate training.

But don’t worry, you still have time to bid him farewell and snap some photos with him. River Wonders has launched a “Bon Voyage, Le Le!” campaign, which includes photo points, a mailbox for fan mail, and a final farewell party on Dec. 13. You can also get some panda-themed merchandise and food to remember him by.

Le Le’s departure is also a natural part of his life cycle, as his mother Jia Jia will soon reject him as he grows older. This is normal for giant pandas, who are solitary animals in the wild. To ease the separation, Le Le and Jia Jia will take turns to use the exhibit, with Le Le available from 10am to 2pm and Jia Jia from 2pm to 6pm.

Le Le is the first and only giant panda cub born in Singapore, and he has captured the hearts of many visitors with his playful and curious personality. He is also a symbol of the friendship between Singapore and China, as he was named by President Halimah Yacob and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

So don’t miss this chance to see Le Le one last time before he embarks on his new adventure. For more information on the “Bon Voyage, Le Le!” campaign, visit the Mandai River Wonders website


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