San Diego Zoo Returns Adorable Pandas to China

Mar 31, 2019 | China, News, What!

Culture & Travel 

Panda – Xiao Liwu | Hubert Yu

Two giant pandas who served as San Diego Zoo’s main attraction would soon be returned to their home in China.

Six-year-old panda Xiao Liwu and his mother, 27-year-old giant panda Bai Yun is expected to come home to China in April.

“Working with our colleagues in China, San Diego Zoo Global is ready to make a commitment for the next stage of our panda program,” said the chief operating officer of San Diego Zoo, Shawn Dixon in a statement.

San Diego Zoo - Xiao Liwu and Mom

San Diego Zoo – Xiao Liwu and Mom | Inside The Magic

He added that they are sad to see the pandas go, but they have high hopes that they will return, although they are still unsure when.

The two giant pandas were originally loaned to the Los Angeles Zoo as part of a conservation agreement that is now ending. When the zoo teamed up with China more than two decades ago, the species were considered threatened with extinction.

Now, pandas are vulnerable species – a piece of great news. This means that although their species is still threatened, it is not in danger of extinction.

“We understand that pandas are beloved around the world, including by our staff, volunteers and millions of annual guests,” said Dwight Scott, San Diego Zoo director, adding that the zoo is planning a celebration next month. It will include a massive thank you to China for their partnership on conservation to save pandas.

Douglas G. Myers, president of San Diego Zoo Global also expressed that the zoo is honored to be chosen by Chinese conservationists to help them develop a new model for the conservation of the species.

“The panda program we began together demonstrates how powerful these collaborative efforts can be. We are extremely grateful to China for sharing the pandas with us and offering us the chance to serve this species in a leadership role,” he said in a statement.

People all over the world have flocked the zoo for years just to see the amazing pandas, which are only two of the few in the country.

The Worst Cities To Drive In Asia

What should be a pleasant trip from point A to point B can get interesting in some of the most congested places in Asia

Young Whale Found Dead in the Philippines with 40 Kilos of Plastic

A tale of heartbreak – a dead whale was found in the shores of the Philippines. Marine biologists are calling it the worst case of plastic ingestion.

The Dark Side of Thailand: Part I

Thailand’s ‘legitimate’ flesh trade has paved the way for child prostitution to severely affect the most vulnerable of populations in the country.

The Asian Misconception: Tibet

Is Tibet really the Shangri La? The mystical land of meditation and prayers

South Korean Defense Express Regret for Jeju Massacre

More than 70 years after the Jeju Massacre, its victims were finally recognized

The Ultimate Surf Camps in Asia

Want to learn how to surf in Asia? These amazing surf camps will help you conquer waves.

Hong Kong Tiny Spaces

Watch BBC Interview: Hong Kong’s notorious real estate problems and the ways citizens are coping with

10 Obscure Superstitions in the Philippines


Volvo Tests Out Autonomous Buses in Singapore

Singapore is leading the autonomous vehicle scene as Volvo, and a local university collaborates to test out driverless buses

Southeast Asia Trekking Guide

Southeast Asia’s best trekking spots go from green and friendly to fiery and sulfuric. Are you ready for the thrill?