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Wednesday, 30th March 2011
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Pair of giant pandas to debut at Ueno Zoo

Tokyo's Ueno Zoo will welcome its latest guests on Friday (April 1st) as two giant pandas are being introduced to the public at the official re-opening.

The pair, a male name Ri Ri and a female named Shin Shin, will be the first giant pandas at Ueno Zoo since Ling Ling died three years ago, the Associated Press reports.

They had been due to make their first public appearance earlier this month, but the authorities decided to close the major tourist attraction after the March 11th earthquake.

The two pandas arrived from China on February 21st and it is hoped that they will prove popular with the capital's residents and tourists alike.

Friday will also see the re-opening of several Tokyo animal attractions, including Tama Zoological Park, Inokashira Park Zoo and Tokyo Sea Life Park.

The city's government has said that admission fees for quake victims will be waived until April 10th.

Written by Susan Ballion