How Many Giant Pandas Are in Captivity in the United States?

By Jane Meggitt

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Giant panda lovers can visit these fascinating creatures at four zoos in the United States. The zoos have active breeding programs and offspring are born, although sometimes these delicate babies don't survive. Other giant pandas are on loan from the Chinese government for specified periods. The number of pandas in captivity in the United States fluctuates. In 2013, there were just more than a dozen.

Where to See Them

Giant pandas currently live at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia; the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California; and the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee. These zoos participate in the Giant Panda Species Survival Plan, overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The number of giant pandas in captivity in the United States as of September 2013 was 12 adult or adolescent animals and three newborn cubs.

Doing the Numbers

As of September 2013, the National Zoo giant panda population consisted of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian and their newborn cub. Lun Lun, Yang Yang and their son Xi Lan reside at Zoo Atlanta, as does Poe. Lun Lun gave birth to male twins in July 2013. Bai Yung and Gao Gao live at the San Diego Zoo, along with their sons Yun Zi and Xiao Liwu. Ya Ya and Le Le live at the Memphis Zoo.

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Author

Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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