7: All pan­das be­long to China. All overseas pan­das abroad are on loan from China and any new­born cubs must be re­turned to China.

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - CITY PANORAMA -

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.

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