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.
Wolong Panda Preserve, China. The trip from San Diego to the reserve requires almost 24 hours of travel, and conditions at the reserve are primitive.
Posted July 23, 1998
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