Giant Pandas

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More pandas will be coming to the US, China’s president signals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is signaling that China will send new pandas to the United States. Xi calls pandas "envoys of friendship" between the Chinese and American people. During a speech before business leaders Wednesday, Xi said China is ready to continue its cooperation with the U.S. on panda conservation. The comment came at the end of a day on which Xi and President Joe Biden […]

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National Zoo’s giant pandas fly home amid uncertainty about future panda exchanges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day that panda lovers have been dreading has finally come. The National Zoo's three giant pandas, Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and their cub Xiao Qi Ji on Wednesday began their long trip to China, leaving behind an empty panda exhibit with no certainty that pandas ever would again take up residence there. "It is a moment with some heartbreak in it," said National Zoo Director Brandie […]

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Panda cubs at Tokyo zoo get their names, to debut in January

TOKYO (AP) — Giant panda twins born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo in June now have their names. The female is Lei Lei, and her brother Xiao Xiao. They were chosen from hundreds of thousands of suggestions sent from fans around Japan. The twin cubs, which were palm-size pink creatures when born on June 23, have grown and now have their unique black-and-white blocks, with black fur around their eyes, ears […]

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