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CHENGDU: China has re­leased an­other two cap­tive-bred gi­ant pan­das into the wild in south­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince, in an at­tempt to di­ver­sify the species’ ge­netic pool.

Hua Yan and Zhang Meng, both fe­males, were born in Au­gust 2013 and July 2014, re­spec­tively. They were re­leased into Lizip­ing Na­ture Re­serve on Thurs­day morn­ing.

Since China started the rein­tro­duc­tion pro­gramme in 2003, 17 pan­das have par­tic­i­pated in wilderness train­ing.

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