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Pandas will be coming to the San Francisco Zoo, says Mayor

Panda diplomacy will be making a stop in San Francisco.

Mayor London Breed announced Thursday that China will loan a pair of the popular cuddly creatures to her city sometime in the near future, reported SF Gate.

Breed made her pitch to Chinese President Ji Jinping during the Asian Pacific Economic Summit in San Francisco this past November.

The China Wildlife Conservation Association is working closely with the city to prepare for the Giant Pandas sometime in 2025, according to The Hill.

“Having Giant Pandas semi-permanently will be of significant importance to San Francisco’s local Chinese and API communities, as well as the City’s economic and tourism efforts as a major boost to San Francisco’s attractions and offerings,” the city said.

  • Panda kicks back at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in 2023.
  • Panda appears to be chewing on its claws at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.
  • Panda enjoys from leafy greens at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, 2023.
  • A panda at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo takes a peek at the crowd.
  • A shy panda
  • A giant panda at the Ueno Zoo in tokyo. Oh my!!!.

Just this past February, the San Diego Zoo also announced it would be receiving two pandas.

The city already has plans for a new panda enclosure and is in consultation with engineers in China to come up with a suitable plan. The pandas will not be sent to the city until the enclosure is completed, Axios San Francisco reported.

San Francisco last played host to two pandas in 1984 and 1985 as part of a global tour.

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