In the early spring of 1869, a French missionary named Pierre Armand David came to China from Espelette in the Pyrénées, southwestern France.
In Dengchigou, Baoxing County, Ya’an City of Sichuan Province, David first saw an animal which was called a “black and white bear” by the local people. He found it a shocking discovery. That year, he transported specimens of the “black and white bear” to France and recommended his new findings to the world.
This kind of animal called a “black and white bear” is actually a giant panda. With the discovery and dissemination of David that year, Ya’an, Sichuan became the world’s first scientific discovery and naming site for giant pandas.
In 2012, the giant pandas Huan Huan and Yuan Zai arrived in ZooParc de Beauval, France, as the “messengers” of Sino-French exchanges, they also marked the start of a ten-year Sino-French panda breeding cooperation program.
On August 4, 2017, the first panda baby born in France- “Yuan Meng” was ushered in the Panda Pavilion in ZooParc de Beauval. The baby panda’s name was personally named by French first lady, Brigitte Macron.