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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 01/20/2011

National Zoo to keep giant pandas for 5 more years (Video)

By Ed O'Keefe

VIDEO | By Anna Uhls/The Washington Post

The National Zoo, operated by the Smithsonian Institution, has reached a new agreement with China that extends the stay of its two giant pandas for five more years, with high hopes that the pandas might produce just one more giant panda cub.

Government and zoo officials said Wednesday that they were delighted, although the agreement did not fulfill all the zoo's hopes. They were trying to get one or even two new pandas. In 10 years, the zoo's giant pandas - Tian Tian, the 13-year-old male, and 12-year-old Mei Xiang - have produced just one cub.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar attended the announcement ceremony, noting that his department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service met with Chinese officials in Beijing late last year to coordinate ongoing panda conservation efforts.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2011; 2:15 PM ET
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I think the National Zoological Park is not operated by the Interior Department but by the Smithsonian Institution which I believe remains an independent agency.


Posted by: IGraff | January 20, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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