There are certain animals you see pictures of and hear about, but rarely see in person. Some are endangered, some have gone extinct, and others are hard to find in the wild and can't be held in captivity, eliminating them from being in a zoo. When you get the chance to see these animals, it is usually something magical that you never forget. Many in the world have never seen a tiger in the wild, a bear, or rare animals like a wolverine or a platypus. There is one endangered animal that left America a few years back but is finally set to return, leaving many excited to once again see this rare animal, when it returns to Southern California.  

Pandas Returning to San Diego

Credit: Sid Balachandran on Unsplash
Credit: Sid Balachandran on Unsplash

In April of 2019, the contract between America and the China Wildlife Conservation Association ended. They had loaned out Pandas to the United States to help save the species, and because of their work together, pandas have been moved off the endangered list, and are now considered vulnerable. Sadly, when the contract ended though, it meant that the pandas would be returned to China. After years of having them at the San Diego Zoo, you could no longer see these incredible beasts. After five years away though, it was announced earlier this week that they will be coming back, as a new agreement has been met, and the San Diego Zoo will be welcoming two new pandas back to America. 

Meet The New Pandas Coming to San Diego

Credit: Stone Wang on Unsplash
Credit: Stone Wang on Unsplash

San Diego will welcome a three-year-old panda, soon to be four, named Xin Bao, and also a five-year-old panda named Yun Chuan. Xin Bao should be easy to spot when visiting her at the zoo, as she is typically playful, and energetic, and sticks out with her round face, big ears, and unique look. Yun Chuan is a legacy to the San Diego Zoo, with his grandmother once having called it home, as well as his grandfather. His mother was born in the zoo in 2007. Yun Chuan will be less as exciting to watch, as he is typically on the lazier side and prefers to take naps in the afternoon. 

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There is no timeline yet as to when the pandas will be in the zoo again and available for viewing. Check back as we will update you once we find out a timeline. If you have never seen these incredible animals, it is a must that you stop by the San Diego Zoo and see these incredible beasts. If you have seen them, it has likely been at least five years, and you are long overdue. Anticipation will grow and excitement will as well, as pandas are coming back to America.  

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