Canadian Zoo Plans to Return Pandas to China Due to Bamboo Shortage

Canadian Zoo Plans to Return Pandas to China Due to Bamboo Shortage

Canadian Zoo Plans to Return Pandas to China Due to Bamboo Shortage

The giant pandas were expected to stay in Canada for 10 years through an agreement with China.

Finland is the most recent recipient, taking delivery of a pair in January 2018, while Bei Bei, who was on temporary loan to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in the United States, was the last giant panda to return to China, in November 2019. "There's a reason why they are endangered". They expect that to be completed and the animals to depart sometime in the next few weeks. That's all they do. Transporting more from California added even more frustrations. "This risk is unacceptable", Lanthier said. I can not imagine if one day, two days, three days in a row I am unable to provide the bamboo. For other species there are options.

The zoo says it spent months trying to overcome obstacles to acquire a sufficient supply of bamboo, but the limits on flights proved to be too much. "Conservation work with pandas should be occurring in China, not here", Laidlaw said.

"We are training the animals to get in the crate, to be very, very comfortable in the crate", Lanthier said.

Other supplies that arrived from Los Angeles were past their expiry point, he said. Each adult consumes about 40kg daily.

The news that the giant pandas were heading home early came as a shock to the Chinese Government, according to Mr Lanthier.

They have decided the pandas would be safest in a place with access to fresh local bamboo.

"I am continually amazed by the resourcefulness and dedication of our team", said Calgary Zoo president & CEO Dr. Clément Lanthier.

When the Smithsonian's National Zoo in the United States sent its panda, Bei Bei, back to China, he flew in a steel and plexiglass crate, built by FedEx, which weighed more than 360 kilograms (800 pounds), and was flown on a dedicated FedEx 777F plane.

"I hope they move swiftly". Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

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