L.A. Unleashed

All things animal in Southern
California and beyond

« Previous Post | L.A. Unleashed Home | Next Post »

Pandas to stay at the San Diego Zoo

December 18, 2008 |  3:01 pm

Il46e_b1

The loan of giant pandas from China to the San Diego Zoo has been extended -- and at a lower price.

Zoo officials and a Chinese diplomat announced Thursday that the loan agreement that began in 1996 is being extended for at least five years. The annual fee has been slashed from $1 million to $500,000, which will be used to rebuild the Wolong panda preserve damaged in the May 12 earthquake in China.

The five-year extension covers the adults, Bai Yun and Gao Gao. Two pandas born at the zoo must be sent to China when they reach 4 years of age.

China is also extending agreements with other U.S. zoos that have pandas: Atlanta, Washington and Memphis.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Two of the four pandas at the San Diego Zoo. Credit: San Diego Zoo

Comments ()

Advertisement










Video