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Tokyo inks deal for panda lease

Posted by Jeroen Jacobs | Date: 2010 07 27 | In: Ueno Zoo


The Tokyo Metropolitan Government signed a deal Monday with China to rent two giant pandas for Ueno Zoo, which has been without a panda since Ling Ling died in 2008.

The metropolitan government will ask the public to nickname the two pandas, a 143-kg male and 124-kg female, officials said. The animals will be moved here in February before their public showing begins the following month. Under the lease deal, Tokyo will contribute $950,000 a year to wildlife preservation in China.

Source: www.japantimes.co.jp

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