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San Diego Zoo welcomes two giant pandas; D.C. expecting pair later this year

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Yun Chuan and Xin Bao, images courtesy San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is now home to two giant pandas who will spend up to 30 days acclimating to their new surroundings before their introduction to the public.

The zoo said it is working with partners in China to improve the overall health of giant pandas to ensure their resilience in the future.

Yun Chuan and Xin Bao are being monitored closely by wildlife health teams who will determine when the pair are ready to meet visitors to the zoo.

  • Yun Chuan is an almost five-year-old male. His mother Zhen Zhen was born in 2007 and was the fourth cub born at the San Diego Zoo. He’s identifiable by his long, slightly pointed nose.
  • Xin Bao is a nearly four-year-old female whose name means precious treasure of prosperity and abundance. She is best recognized by her large, round face and big, fluffy ears.

Earlier this year, the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., announced two giant pandas will join its zoo later this year.

The news comes just six months after giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang, and their cub, Xiao Qi Ji went to China.

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Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.