published Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Pandas to stay at Memphis Zoo for 10 years

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two giant pandas have a home at the Memphis Zoo for at least 10 more years.

WREG-TV in Memphis reports that the Zoo and the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens and China's State Forestry Administration reached a deal Wednesday morning.

China owns and leases all pandas to other zoos throughout the world and will lease them to the Memphis Zoo for half a million dollars a year.

The process of acquiring giant pandas for the Memphis Zoo began in 1999.

The Memphis Zoo has had "Ya Ya" and "Le Le" since April 2003.

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