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Two giant pandas who have been a favorite for decades and a star attraction will no longer be a part of the San Diego Zoo, officials announced Monday.
Bai-Yun and her son Xiao Liwu will be leaving at the end of April heading to China. They are the last two giant pandas to live at the San Diego Zoo.
While the news is shocking it is also not unexpected as a long-term conservation agreement was ending. The zoo’s giant panda conservation program began over two decades ago when the species was threatened with extinction.
In 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species changed giant pandas from endangered to vulnerable.
The San Diego Zoo's work with Bai Yun and her cubs have helped to boost the wild population of pandas in China to more than 2,000.