The zoo's last giant panda was Ming Ming. She arrived in 1991 on a breeding loan from China. After unsuccessful breeding attempts with Berlin's Zoo giant panda Bao Bao it had been decided to return Ming Ming to China, leaving the London Zoo without a giant panda since the end of October 1994.
What happened to London Zoo pandas?
Because the pandas were sent on loan to London specifically to breed, the failure meant that the pandas were eventually split up and sent to other breeding programmes. Bao Bao was sent back to Berlin Zoo after a few years.
Does London Zoo still have pandas?
On 13 September 1974, the Guardian announced the transglobal transfer of two adolescent pandas to Britain: “Chia Chia and Ching Ching, the two young pandas given to Britain by China, will leave Peking today for their new home in London Zoo.
When did London Zoo last have pandas?
Chi Chi (Chinese: 姬姬; pinyin: Jī Jī; September 1954 in wild in Sichuan, China – 22 July 1972 London Zoo) was a well-known female giant panda at London Zoo in England.
Do any zoos in the UK have pandas?
Scotland will remain home to the UK's only giant pandas for two more years following an agreement to extend their stay with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo.