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San Diego Zoo will say goodbye to giant pandas in April

The future of the panda exhibit is unknown.
Credit: AP Photo/Denis Poroy
Giant panda cub Hua Mei, right, plays with her mother Bai Yun, left, in their enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, in San Diego.

The San Diego Zoo developed an agreement with China in 1996 to house two adult pandas and their offspring. The extensions to that original agreement have expired and 27-year-old female giant panda Bai Yun and her son, six-year-old Xiao Liwu  will be leaving San Diego next month. A celebration to say goodbye to the pandas is scheduled for April 6.

The future of the panda exhibit is unknown.

In 1987, two giant pandas came to San Diego for a 100-day visit at the zoo. Following that visit, the San Diego Zoo developed the agreement with China to bring the pandas to San Diego.