All pandas are owned by China. They rent them out to zoos for $1 million per year each for a minimum of 10 years.

How China’s booming panda business works

Pandas are a big business — both for China and the zoos lucky enough to score a visitor. They can also be extremely expensive.

At last count in 2004, there were about 1,600 pandas alive in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Around 350 pandas live under human care at zoos or breeding centers globally, and roughly 50 of those bears are outside China.

China retains ownership of all the giant pandas around the world, which are selectively loaned to other countries. The fee for a pair is usually $1 million a year, with funds going toward conservation efforts in China. Rentals typically last for 10 years, with a renewal option.

7 thoughts on “All pandas are owned by China. They rent them out to zoos for $1 million per year each for a minimum of 10 years.”

  1. ExistenceIsPainful

    Proposal to change PRC from People’s Republic of China to Panda Rental Company

  2. Ozle42

    Panda Diplomacy.

    Sign a trade deal and be allowed to rent a status symbol

  3. Alliwanttodoisargue

    I think it’s a million for a pair.

  4. mystiqueallie

    My local zoo had two pandas that arrived in 2018. They were supposed to be here for 5 years after being in Toronto for 5 years, but they had to go back to China early due to difficulty in sourcing high quality food during the pandemic. I’m glad I got to see them several times before they left.

  5. pteridoid

    The US should do the same, but with raccoons and for less money.

  6. The_Man11

    But if the pandas have baby in the US it’s automatically a US citizen.

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