Three pandas to leave Belgian animal park for China

BRUSSELS   -   A Belgian ani­mal park on Wednesday announced that three of its five pandas will leave for China this year. Tian Bao, born in 2016, and twins Bao Di and Bao Mei, born in 2019, will leave Pairi Daiza Park in Hainault in the autumn of 2024. “Our three ‘baby’ pandas, cherished by all since their arrival, will have to leave Pairi Daiza in 2024,” the park said in a statement. “However, we have been incredibly fortunate to have them with us for over 4 years (for Bao Di and Bao Mei) and almost 8 years (for Tian Bao).” The sending of the pandas to China is part of an initial agreement between Pairi Daiza and the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA). When the parents of the three pan­das, Hao Hao and Xing Hui, arrived in Belgium in 2014, a 15-year loan had been agreed. This agreement also stipulated that all descendants of the panda couple born in Belgium would go to China at the age of four, to par­ticipate in breeding and conservation programs for the species.

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