Heartbreaking Goodbye: National Zoo's Pandas Departing

National Zoo's beloved pandas leaving D.C. after 50 years

Diplomatic ties between China & the U.S. through pandas

Research  exchange program as soft diplomacy

Pandas gifted  to the U.S. since President Nixon's visit

Loan agreement  for Mei Xiang & Tian Tian

Departure to  China not politically motivated

Uncertainty about when new pandas might arrive

The zoo's conservation  work continues in their absence