SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two giant panda sisters born at the San Diego Zoo will be taken off public exhibit Monday in preparation for a journey to China at the end of the summer.
Su Lin, born in 2005, and Zhen Zhen, born in 2007, will be sent to the Wolong Nature Reserve Giant Panda Bi Feng Xia center, where they will be part of a conservation breeding program there, according to the zoo.
"We will miss Su Lin and Zhen Zhen, but as a conservation organization we are aware of the significant breeding contributions they will make in the preservation of this critically endangered species at another panda conservation center such as Bi Feng Zia," said Carmi Penny, co-head of the San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Conservation unit.
Su Lin and Zhen Zhen will join two of their siblings already residing at the Bi Feng Xia facility.
Hua Mei, born in 1999, was sent to China in 2004, and Mei Sheng, born in 2003, was sent to the conservation center three years later.
The pandas are among five born at the San Diego Zoo to Bai Yun.
Pandas born at the zoo are considered on loan from China and must be returned after their third birthday.
According to the zoo, Su Lin and Zhen Zhen will be accompanied on their journey to China by two seasoned panda team members including an animal care supervisor and senior veterinarian.
Bai Yun, her 1-year-old cub, Yun Zi, and father, Gao Gao, will remain at the San Diego Zoo.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.