Sunday 3 January 2021

BBC: Edinburgh's giant pandas may 'return to China' over Covid losses

image captionTian Tian arrived in Scotland, along with Yang Guang, from China in 2011

Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas may have to return to China next year because of financial pressures. 

Yang Guang and Tian Tian cost about £1m a year to lease from China. 

The zoo, which had hoped to breed the pair, is nearing the end of its 10-year contract with the Chinese government and may be unable to renew the deal. 

Covid lockdown closures led to a £2m loss for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which runs Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

David Field, chief executive of the society, said the charity would have to "seriously consider every potential saving", including its giant panda contract

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