Beijing Zoo is allowing residents to adopt animals including pandas.
They only need to donate 500 yuan (US$81.30) to get a certificate of adoption, AM730 reported Monday. Those who give 10,000 yuan or more can have naming rights to the animals for a year.
More than 30 types of animals are open for adoption. Proceeds will be used to improve facilities for the animals and buy food and toys for them, the report said.
However, adopted animals cannot be brought home but the adopters will be given six tickets to visit them and allowed to care for them with the help of breeders.
Zoo officials said the program is aimed at raising people’s awareness of animal protection after netizens questioned its motive in raising money.
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