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French artist Paulo Grangeon in part with the World Wildlife Fund crafted 1600 papier mache pandas to raise awareness of dwindling panda populations. (June 9)

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Hong Kong - June 8, 2014

1. Various, papier mache pandas in airport

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Grangeon, Artist:

"I want the people say, 'why? Why panda - 1600?' And I hope they have time to learn, to understand the panda is the symbol of, the animal of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). And the event is around the wild nature and if we can help the WWF, we have to do it because if we save animals, perhaps we save the humans in the future."

3. Close, tracking shot of pandas in airport

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Paulo Grangeon, Artist:

"You have only 1,600 panda in freedom. And I don't want in 50 years, only one-thousand. And I don't know if we can make enough help to have more and more panda but we... I don't want to see the last panda in the zoo."

5. Various of tourists taking photos of pandas

6. Wide, pan down of pandas

STORYLINE:

One thousand six hundred pandas, not alive but made from recycled paper, arrived in Hong Kong on Monday.

The papier mache pandas were first made by French artist Paulo Grangeon in 2008, working with the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) to raise awareness of dwindling panda populations.

They will leave their footprints on more than 10 landmarks in the city, including Victoria Harbour.

Grangeon said 1,600 paper pandas represent the real pandas still alive in the wild.

"I don't want in 50 years, only one-thousand. And I don't know if we can make enough help to have more and more panda but we... I don't want to see the last panda in the zoo," said Grangeon.

The pandas have already toured France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Taiwan.

They will be exhibited in Hong Kong for one month.

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