PANDA-NOMICS

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Gi­ant pan­das are a big busi­ness – both for China and the zoos lucky enough to score a visi­tor. It is es­ti­mated there are about 2500 pan­das alive in the wild. Around 350 pan­das live un­der hu­man care at zoos or breed­ing cen­tres glob­ally, and roughly 50 of those bears are out­side China. China re­tains own­er­ship of al­most all the gi­ant pan­das around the world, which are se­lec­tively loaned to other coun­tries. The fee for a pair is usu­ally US$1 mil­lion a year, with funds go­ing to­wards panda con­ser­va­tion.

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