7: All pandas belong to China. All overseas pandas abroad are on loan from China and any newborn cubs must be returned to China.
The statement is true. Sorry for breaking the hearts of any foreign panda lovers.
China stopped giving pandas to other countries as presents in 1982. Instead it now rents out the pandas, and takes back all baby pandas born overseas in order to expand the gene pool in domestic breeding programs.
To this statement, seven of the eight asked knew it be true.
“The pandas that aren’t in China are on loan,” said American Patricia Ann Mantey who happens to be a big fan of pandas. “At least in the US, they have to pay 1 million dollars a year for the pandas in the National Zoo in Washington.”
Ukrainian Tim knew the situation in Europe is similar. “They [overseas zoos] have to give the pandas back to China to keep the population up.”
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, for example, has long been a must-visit destination for panda lovers.