The UK's only pair of pandas will be returned to China, without offspring

"They have been incredibly popular with visitors. They have helped connect millions of people with nature and raise money for conservation," said zoo society chief executive David Field.

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After more than ten years of unsuccessful breeding attempts, the only pair of pandas on British soil will be returned to China without offspring this year, Edinburgh Zoo announced yesterday.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland plans to give male Yang Gang and female Tian Tian a "giant" farewell ceremony ahead of their return to China later this year.

"They have been incredibly popular with visitors. They have helped connect millions of people with nature and raise money for conservation," said zoo society chief executive David Field.

The two pandas arrived in Edinburgh in December 2011 under a 10-year deal, which has been extended, with the Chinese Wildlife Association.

After several unsuccessful mating attempts, Tian Tian was artificially inseminated in 2013 and 2014, but without success.

Jang Gang was then castrated in 2018 due to testicular cancer.

Panda reproduction is particularly difficult in captivity. Females are fertile for only 24 to 36 hours in the spring, according to the International Panda Protection Organization.

In the wild, pandas live in southwest China. There are about 1.860 of them in the wild, and about 600 in captivity worldwide.

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