WILL GIANT PANDAS MAKE ZOO SEE RED?

Edinburgh Zoo predicts up to 2 million more visitors over the next 10 years, following the arrival of 2 Giant Pandas ‘Sweetie’ and ‘Sunshine’ from China.

But will it all be financial sweetness and light as the zoo hopes - or are there hard financial lessons to be learned from the past?

“We are not aware of any revenue coming in associated with our pandas. It is a common misconception about keeping pandas.” Christina Simmons San Diego Zoo. The Daily Record January 30th 2011

“The four zoos (Washington, Atlanta, Memphis and San Diego) collectively spent $33 million more on pandas from 2000 to 2003 than they received in revenue from exhibiting them.” Washington Post August 2005

‘One reason zoos hope for births is monetary: “It helps us allay some of these costs”. Donald Lindberg San Diego Panda Conservation Team. Washington Post 2005

“It was astonishing too see, in most cases, how much more it was costing the institutions that [the panda exhibits] were bringing in.” David Towne. Giant Panda Foundation. National Geographic News 2006

“The loan agreements, most spanning ten years, have become a financial headache for the Nation’s zoo” National Geographic News March 2006

At Zoo Atlanta visitation levels shot up by 60%when pandas Lun Lun (femail) and Yang Yang (males) first arrived in 1999. After a few years, though, the crowds usually dwindle while costs remain high” National Geographic News March 2006

“For Edinburgh Zoo the pandas are a godsend after the most difficult period in its 102 year history. Last year, the zoo lost £1.5m, saw its visitor numbers slump 15% to just under 550,000 and had to be rescued with a £2m bank loan; while this year it has seen directors suspended for alleged misconduct. One was exonerated and reinstated, one was dismissed and its previous chief executive left”. The Guardian December 4th 2011

3 Responses to “WILL GIANT PANDAS MAKE ZOO SEE RED?”

  1. lori james Says:

    This is sad , step by step china is taken over the world…

  2. Kay Says:

    China’s way of making yet more money? Exploitation to the extreme!! Everyone should boycott ever visiting!!!

  3. ELAINE MADDEN Says:

    I AM SCOTTISH AND WAS VERY SAD TO HEAR THAT EDINBURGH ZOO WAS GOING TO BE GETTING THE PANDAS. WE NEED TO EDUCATE PEOPLE THAT IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER TO SEE EXOTIC ANIMALS IN THEIR NATURAL ENVIROMENT. MY MUM, SISTER AND NEPHEWS WENT TO EDINBURGH ZOO A FEW YEARS AGO AND ALTHOUGH THEY SAID THEY ENJOYED IT THEY ALSO SAID THAT IT SADDENED/DISTRESSED THEM TO SEE “MERCEDES” THE POLAR BEAR, WHO WAS MOVED TO “KINCRAIG WILDLIFE PARK” BUT SADLY DIED LATER AND THE TIGER PACING BACK AND FORTH IN THEIR ENCLOSURE. IT WAS OBVIOUS TO THEM THAT THE ANIMALS WERE NOT HAPPY!, SO IS THIS WHAT PEOPLE WANT?, PLEASE PEOPLE WAKE UP!!