The arrival of two giant pandas could raise millions of dollars to help save the species from extinction, Ocean Park said yesterday. The pandas are expected to arrive next week as gifts from Beijing to the Hong Kong Government, a move animal rights activists have criticised as using endangered animals as 'gifts and showpieces'. However, Ocean Park said their arrival could help save the species. 'We expect to raise $10 million in the next 10 years for the Giant Panda Conservation Foundation,' park director of zoological operations and education Suzanne Gendron said. 'The money will be used to promote educational programmes and to help Chinese research centres for conservation of giant pandas.' Ocean Park has built an $80 million, 2,000-square-metre climate-controlled shelter for the pair. Fresh bamboo will be brought in from Conghua, Guangdong, twice a week. An An, a 14-year-old male, and Jia Jia, a 21-year-old female, will be flown in from Sichuan.