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All set for panda craze with arrival of Kai Kai, Jia Jia on Thursday

Arrival of giant pandas to be marked with souvenirs such as bags, stamps and coins

Published on Sep 5, 2012 6:00 AM
The panda memorabilia that will eventually go on sale at the zoo. Visitors will be able to see the pandas at the River Safari in Mandai from December. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

It's not quite panda-monium yet - but some companies are already all geared up to jump on the panda bandwagon.

They are rolling out souvenirs, such as panda-inspired bags and toys, to coincide with the arrival of Singapore's giant panda couple Kai Kai and Jia Jia tomorrow.

The animals are on loan from China for 10 years and will be housed in an enclosure at the new River Safari in Mandai. The safari officially opens next year but visitors will be able to see the pandas from December.

When Chinese giant pandas An An and Xin Xing were on display for 100 days in 1990 at the Singapore Zoo, they attracted more than 400,000 visitors.

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