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Giant pandas are returning to D.C.'s National Zoo

Posted on AllSides May 29th, 2024
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Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

D.C. is officially getting giant pandas back at the National Zoo.

Why it matters: In a city where panda merch and "bearthday" parties were rampant, being giant panda-less since November has not been easy for Washingtonians. Now that they're coming back, expect plenty of happy panda-monium.

The big picture: Since China first sent giant pandas to the National Zoo following the normalizing of ties with the U.S. in 1972, the iconic bears have been a sign of friendship between the two nations.

But the number of giant pandas at U.S. zoos has dwindled as tensions between Washington and Beijing rose...

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