Giant Pandas Returning To The U.S.

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( – On Wednesday, it was announced that later this year two Giant pandas would be given from China to Washington and would appear at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI). 

The paid pandas, Qing Bao, and Bao Li, are going to be arriving at the zoo as part of a new 10-year research and breeding agreement. This announcement comes six months after the last three giant pandas in the city had been transported back to China after the previous agreement expired. 

Bao Li is the grandson of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, the two giant pandas who had spent 23 years in D.C. and had only left the National Zoo last year. 

NZCBI’s John and Adrienne Mars director Brandie Smith stated that they were thrilled about the new chapter in this partnership which would bring two new bears to the National Zoo. Smith pointed out that one of the two pandas is a descendant of their beloved panda family and that this was a historic moment as it showed the positive impact of their collaboration with Chinese colleagues. 

The zoo has not yet announced exactly when the pandas are expected to arrive in the city or what their public debut date is going to be. However, following their arrival, the two pandas are going to be quarantined in a “panda house” for a minimum of 30 days. Then they will be given a few weeks to settle into their new habitat before visitors are allowed to see them. 

In a video announcement posted by Smith, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, and first lady Jill Biden it was noted that they were looking forward to celebrating “this historic moment” as the pandas would be returning to the city. 

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