Zoo stars to get fitting farewell

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 28 Mar 2019

Two giant pandas that have been the star attraction at the San Diego Zoo for decades will soon be returned home to China.

Bai Yun, the 27-year-old female, and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu, will be repatriated in late April.

"Although we are sad to see these pandas go, we have great hopes for the future," said Shawn Dixon, chief operating officer for San Diego Zoo Global. "Working with our colleagues in China, San Diego Zoo Global is ready to make a commitment for the next stage of our panda program." The pandas had been on loan as part of a long-term conservation agreement that is coming to an end.

San Diego has been one of the very few US zoos to have giant pandas.

"We are planning a fitting celebration next month for Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu that includes a big thank you to the Chinese people for their continued partnership and our combined conservation accomplishments in helping to save this amazing species," said San Diego Zoo director Dwight Scott.

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