Wang Wang and Funi join push for a better climateTwo of Adelaide Zoo's most precious visitors - pandas Wang Wang and Funi - have joined this year's Earth Hour as official ambassadors.
The giant pandas, who arrived in Australia in November last year, are a reminder of the motivations behind WWF's work on Earth Hour.
"These spectacular animals - the recognised symbol of WWF - represent the fragility of our environment which is acknowledged the world over," said WWF-Australia CEO Greg Bourne.
"Environmental threats facing our planet such as climate change and habitat loss continue to put creatures like Wang Wang and Funi at risk. We hope that everyone takes an opportunity before, during and after Earth Hour to think about how they can reduce their impact on our planet."
In 2010 Earth Hour will focus on the simple, long-term changes people can make to reduce their environmental impact. WWF is encouraging people to measure their environmental 'footprint' through the online calculator found at www.earthhour.org.au.
Zoos South Australia's President Heather Caddick said the Zoo is delighted that Australia's Giant Pandas Wang Wang and Funi have been chosen as ambassadors for Earth Hour 2010.
"Pandas are the world's most beloved and recognised endangered species, with only 1,600 remaining in the wild. They represent all endangered and maybe less glamorous species on our planet.
"Earth Hour puts into focus the damage we humans have done to wild habitats and wildlife, and is a wake up call for us to change!
"Zoos South Australia, through Conservation Ark, is at the forefront of connecting people with the natural world and its fragile state, and we are expanding our environmental stewardship," said Mrs Caddick.Wang Wang and Funi will join ambassadors, individuals, families, businesses and communities in over 100 countries participating in this year's event, more than ever before.
- New, high resolution photos of Wang Wang and Funi are available on request.
- For Earth Hour information and to measure your environmental footprint, visit www.earthhour.org.au
Jonathon Larkin, Media Officer, WWF-Australia 0410 221 410, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Rice, Media, Zoos South Australia, 0417 089 937., email@example.com