Giant Pandas Get Five-Year Extension At Zoo | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Giant Pandas Get Five-Year Extension At Zoo

Play associated audio
Officials sign the contract to extend the giant pandas' stay at the National Zoo for another five years.
Patrick Madden
Officials sign the contract to extend the giant pandas' stay at the National Zoo for another five years.

Panda diplomacy is alive and well in Washington. The Chinese government signed a deal with the National Zoo Thursday to keep the pair of Giant pandas in D.C. for another five years.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar called the deal a "win-win" for everyone: D.C. keeps its two most popular residents, pandas Mai Xiang and Tian Tian, the Chinese receive $10 million, and the two pandas get ample opportunities to produce another cub.

Not to put any more pressure on the pair, but the deal has a clause that says if the two aren't able to breed after two years, the zoo can swap them out for more fertile pandas.

The contract also stipulates that any baby pandas born at the zoo can now stay four years -- twice as long as before.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 4, 2015

You can see two films about dramatic changes—one real, the other fictional—in small, European communities.

NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

Police in Virginia will have to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal case, a victory for privacy advocates, but a measure to limit data collection from license plate readers was shot down.

NPR

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.