The World Wildlife Fund argued that only captive-born animals should be loaned in order to minimize the incentive to capture more wild pandas. It criticized the zoo for charging ahead in its pursuit of a loan.
Dr. Don Lindburg (left): Western zoos in the past have claimed to be trying to breed pandas. They’ve often made a lot of money. But they’ve produced few panda babies.
Posted July 23, 1998
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