Wednesday, December 21, 2011
National Zoo gets $4.5 million for panda breeding
WASHINGTON – The National Zoo announced a $4.5 million gift Monday to fund its giant panda reproduction program for five more years. Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein visited the pandas with China's ambassador to the United States to announce the gift. "There are probably 10 million species on the face of the earth, and I doubt that any one of those species is more popular and more beloved than the giant panda," Rubenstein said at a news conference by the zoo's giant panda yard. He said the money is a holiday gift to the people of Washington and to the country because pandas make people happy.