Tai Shan to Remain at National Zoo

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The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong, announces that the giant panda cub, Tai Shan, will remain at the National Zoological Park through 2009. Born on July 9, 2005, Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain in Chinese) was the offspring of NZP pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, pandas on a ten year loan from the People's Republic of China. Under the original agreement, any offspring would have to be returned to China at two years of age, but given Tai Shan's popularity, the Chinese government extended his stay by an additional two years.


  • Tian Tian
  • Mei Xiang
  • Wenzhong, Zhou
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Tai Shan


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Ruane, Michael E. and Debbi Wilgoren, "Tai Shan to Remain Through 2009," The Washington Post, 4/24/2007.

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April 24, 2007


  • Pandas
  • Giant panda



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