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Pandas, Holi, and High Life … all good!

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the quiz about the giant panda. There’s the listener mailbag, some great music, and of course … the quiz. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


Hello everyone!

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A hearty welcome to two new official RFI Listeners Clubs: the RFI Sungat Listeners Club with Malik Allah Bachaya Khokhar as president, in Muzaffargarh, Pakistan (the fourth club in that city! Thanks Muzaffargarh!), and the RFI Peace Fan Club in Bogra, Bangladesh. Dr Shahinur Alam is the president.

If you would like to create an official RFI club, or transform your existing listeners club into an RFI club, click on the link at the bottom of this page for information on how to get started.

This week’s quiz: On 7 January, I asked you about a giant panda who had died just a few days before at a conservation center in China’s Sichuan Province. The big old guy was the world’s oldest male giant panda in captivity, and he was especially famous for his virility – he has more than 130 descendants. This is quite an accomplishment, as female giant pandas are only fertile for two or three days a year. His offspring and their cubs account for nearly a quarter of the more than 420 captive pandas alive worldwide today.

You were to write in with his name, and how old he was when he died.

The answer is: Pan Pan, which means "hope" or "expectation" in Chinese. He was 31 years old, which is the equivalent to about 100 human years.

The Chinese government has been so successful at preserving the natural habitats of the giant panda that last September the International Union for the Conservation of Nature removed pandas from its “endangered” list.

The group now lists giant pandas as “vulnerable”, but China’s State Forestry Administration told The Associated Press that “giant pandas could still suffer irreversible loss” if conservation efforts were relaxed. China wants giant pandas to remain on the “endangered” list.

The winners are: Adita Prithika from Tamil Nadu State, India; Royse Cramton from Illinois, U-S; Saleem Akhtar Chadhar, the president of the RFI Seven Stars Listeners Club in Chiniot District, Pakistan; Morakami San of the Karatoa Radio Listeners Club in Sirajganj, Bangladesh, and RFI Listeners Club member Rachid Dahmani, from M'sila, Algeria.

Congratulations winners!

This week’s question ... you'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 10 April to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 15 April program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby
RFI – The Sound Kitchen
80, rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux


By text … You can also send your quiz answers to The Sound Kitchen mobile phone. Dial your country’s international access code, or “ + ”, then 33 6 31 12 96 82. Don’t forget to include your mailing address in your text – and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

To find out how you can win an RFI wireless computer mouse click here

To find out how you can become a member of the RFI Listeners Club, or to form your own official RFI Club click here

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