Starting July 10th through to August 8th, 888 paper mache pandas will be on display in Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court as part of the 1600 Pandas + World Tour.
Come visit the exhibit, take photos in the selfie zone, and share your photos online using #1600PandasPlusCA for a chance to win a weekly prize of a panda gift pack and a $50 Metropolis gift card. Click here
for contest rules and regs.
Don't forget to visit our contest kiosks at the exhibit and enter for your chance to win a family trip for 4 to visit the pandas at the Calgary Zoo and a $500 Metropolis gift card! Click here
for contest rules and regs.
Love our pandas? Adopt one!
During the exhibit, you will have the chance to reserve and adopt one of the paper mache pandas on display. Visit the Adoption Kiosk in Grand Court for details on how to make your donation to reserve your panda. All adoptions will be available for pick up from August 10-12, 2018 in Grand Court during mall hours.
About the Exhibit & Artist
The 1600 Pandas World Tour was first launched in 2008 by the WWF and acclaimed French artist Paulo Grangeon, who handcrafted 1,600 paper mache pandas— the number of living pandas left in the wild at that time — with recycled materials. The updated exhibit title "1600 Pandas+" refers not only to the 17% increase in the population of wild giant pandas to over 1,800 in the past decade, but also to increased public awareness of panda conservation, as an always symbolic reminder of wildlife sustainability. Having been through France, the Netherlands, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and nearly 100 exhibitions around the world, the pandas have now arrived in North America for its very first time.
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Why are you hosting this event? Is this happening at any other shopping centres?
Frequently Asked Questions
Metropolis at Metrotown is hosting this unique one-of-a-kind exhibit to promote wildlife conservation and to bring awareness on the panda conservation efforts. We hope visitors enjoy the experience and adopt a panda for a good cause!
Metropolis at Metrotown is happy to be the first in North America to host this exhibit.
Do we have to pay to check out the exhibit?
No, 1600 Pandas + World Tour in Canada is a free exhibit open to the general public during regular mall hours.
How come you are only displaying 888 pandas?
This exhibit is a special custom project of the 1600 Pandas + World Tour in Canada. We chose the number 888 because of its significance in Chinese numerology as a lucky number. Every panda you see at this exhibit represents one in the wild.
What activities are there to do while visiting the pandas at Metropolis at Metrotown?
While visiting the exhibit in Grand Court, make sure to:
1. Adopt a Panda! - Pre-register to adopt a panda by making a donation to WWF-Canada through our Adopt a Panda! Kiosk while quantities last.
2. Enter for a Chance Win! - Stop by the contest kiosks and enter our Grand Prize contest for a chance to win a trip for a family of four to see the pandas at the Calgary Zoo. You may enter daily through our contest kiosks.
3. Take a Selfie! - Take a photo with one of our pandas at our Photo Zone and share your experience by following and tagging @metropolisatmet @wwfcanada and #1600PandasPlusCA for a chance to win a weekly panda prize pack, which includes a $50 Metropolis gift card and panda swag.
Is a purchase necessary to enter the contests?
There are two contests and there is no need to make a purchase in order to enter either contests. Visitors may enter each contest daily from July 10 – August 8, 2018.
The 1600 Pandas + World Tour in Canada Grand Prize contest can only be entered at the kiosks in Grand Court. One lucky winner will have the chance to win a trip for a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) to see real pandas at the Calgary Zoo. Prize package includes economy return airfares, 3 nights hotel accommodations, 4 general admission passes to the Calgary Zoo, and $500 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card. Full contest rules & regulations can be downloaded here
There is also a weekly Instagram contest – customers can upload and share their photos and videos on Instagram by following and tagging @MetropolisatMet, @WWFCanada and #1600PandasPlusCA for a chance to win a panda prize pack which includes panda swag and $50 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card. At the end of each week of the exhibit, a winner will be drawn (total of 4 winners will be selected between July 10-August 8, 2018). Full contest rules & regulations can be downloaded here
I’d like to buy a panda. Can I take one home?
All 888 papier mache pandas in the exhibit are available for adoption, with a minimum $50 donation to be made directly to WWF-Canada.
To adopt a panda, please visit Grand Court’s Adopt a Panda! kiosk to register and donate, while quantities last.
You will receive an email confirmation. Panda pick up will be from August 10 – 12, 2018 in Grand Court during mall hours. Please bring email confirmation along with photo ID for pick up.
Each panda comes with an adoption certificate and carrying box. Adoptions are first come first serve through the kiosk only.
Can I adopt more than one panda?
With a minimum $50 donation through the Adopt a Panda! Kiosk you can adopt a panda. Only one adoption per household.
How can I pay for my panda adoption?
Please visit the Adopt a Panda! Kiosk at Grand Court to make your donation to adopt a panda. You will be asked to make your donation via credit card or PayPal on the dedicated WWF-Canada website page. We are unable to accept cash or cheques.
Will I be able to select my own panda to adopt?
Adoption of the papier mache pandas are on a first come first serve basis from donations to WWF-Canada through our Adopt a Panda! Kiosk. Starting August 10, pick up will be available during all mall hours, however we cannot guarantee whether you receive a sitting or standing panda. All pandas are subject to availability and limited to the first 888 donations received.