TOKYO, October 17 -- A pair of rare crested ibis from China named Loulou and Guanguan arrived in Japan on October 17, 2018. This is the first time that China gave crested ibis as gifts to Japan since 2007.

Li Chunliang, Deputy Administrator of National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China presented the crested ibis handover ceremony, and signed the handover certificate with Japanese environmental official.

Mr. Li said at the ceremony that the arrival of the pair of crested ibises was an important action for wildlife protection promotion among China and Japan as well as an embodiment of friendship between the two countries.

Crested ibis is the first class national protected animal in China, and became extinct last century. In 1981, seven wild crested ibis were found in China’s Shannxi province. After year’s protection, till now, the number of population increased to about 3400. China provided five crested ibis to Japan in 1998, 2000 and 2007, now the number of population in Japan is nearly 400.

By Xin Shuyu

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