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Hidden Cameras Set to Make Pandas Giant Internet Stars!
Edinburgh Zoo’s giant pandas are set to become global internet stars following their arrival at their new home, thanks to the very latest in cutting-edge video technology.
Live video cameras – or ‘panda-cams’ as they are known – will be placed in strategic locations around the giant pandas’ new enclosure, allowing internet users to view them throughout the day.
Initial plans are for two panda-cams to be hidden in both the male and female enclosures with live feeds during daylight hours ensuring global audiences can skip the queues to view these fascinating creatures at the mere touch of a button.
The exact locations of the cameras have yet to be confirmed, but the Zoo’s video experts will look for the best possible position to see the pandas in action – whether it be swimming in their custom built pool, climbing trees, sleeping in their cave or enjoying their favourite snack of bamboo.
Hugh Roberts, Chief Executive of the Zoo, said: “Our panda-cams will provide an easily-accessible medium for people across the world to watch, in close-up, one of the world’s most endearing creatures.
“Education is at the forefront of Edinburgh Zoo’s role in supporting giant panda conservation, and our panda-cams will allow a wider, global audience to learn more about these elusive animals.
“It means that, wherever you are, you will have the chance to be part of Edinburgh Zoo’s panda experience - even if you can’t make it to the Zoo in person. We hope that our viewing site will spark a global panda debate, proving that our pandas have a genuine world-wide impact and appeal.
Internet users will be able to have viewing access the male panda Yang Guang, while the female panda, Tian Tian will initially only be visible to members of Royal Zoological Society of Scotland using a special ‘members only’ portal.
The panda-cams follow Edinburgh Zoo’s phenomenally successful ‘penguin-cam’ which went viral during the bad weather of November 2010. More than 200,000 viewers logged on worldwide to watch the penguins frolicking in the heavy snow, becoming overnight sensations.
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