Official Press Release San Diego Zoo:
“In honoring the terms of our conservation loan agreement with the People’s Republic of China, 27-year-old Bai Yun and her son, 6-year-old Xiao Liwu, will leave the San Diego Zoo later this month, and will be repatriated to their ancestral homeland. In the meantime, guests can still visit our panda residents at the Zoo and watch them on Panda Cam. We are now working with colleagues in China to determine and redefine the future of panda conservation and research. Details of our upcoming Panda Celebration will be shared as they are developed.”
In 1996, the World Famous San Diego Zoo entered into a multi-year agreement with China to begin a conservation and breeding program at the zoo. The agreement ends this month.
For the next three weeks the zoo and its visitors can say goodbye to the Giant Pandas before they return to China. It was an international event at this morning’s opening as people from around the world passed through the turnstiles to see the pandas one last time.
The zoo was able to breed six new pandas. When the program began, pandas were an endangered species. Their status has been upgraded to vulnerable. The research center in China has increased their captive population from 25 to 130. There are hopes that they can begin reintroducing the pandas into the wild.
To learn more about the Giant Panda please visit the San Diego Zoo.
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