China Agrees to Lend Giant Pandas to Zoo

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At a press conference at the National Zoological Park on April 11, 2000 it is announced that the National Zoological Park and the Chinese government have signed a letter of intent for the Zoo to receive a pair of giant pandas. The pandas, a male and a female, will be on loan from China for 10 year at a cost of $10 million, which will go to panda conservation efforts. The letter of intent was signed after nine month of serious negotiations. Before the pandas can come to Washington, final arrangements must be negotiated, and the Panda House needs to be renovated.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


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  • "Chinese Say They'll Lend 2 Pandas to National Zoo," Washington Post, April 11, 2000, pg. B1.
  • "Panda Deal to Cost $10 Million," Washington Post, April 12, 2000, pg. B1.

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April 11, 2000


  • Loans
  • Letters of intent
  • Press conferences
  • Giant panda



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