Pandas will be arriving in San Francisco from China, according to the mayor.  

Beijing's "panda diplomacy" continues as San Francisco prepares to host two pandas from China.  

On Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and CWCA officials announced the panda loan in Beijing.   

Breed said a yearlong advocacy drive will result in San Francisco's first long-term hosting of the cherished animals.  

Two pandas were announced for San Diego in February.  

China owns most black-and-white bears and has the only natural panda habitat. China lends animals to other nations for diplomacy and wildlife protection.  

Breed said, “San Francisco is absolutely thrilled to be welcoming giant pandas to the San Francisco Zoo,” after signing a letter of intent for international giant panda conservation.  

Breed said the city worked with its Chinese and Asian populations to campaign for the pandas for about a year before the U.S. and Chinese presidents met in San Francisco in November at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' conference.  

CWCA Secretary General Wu Minglu said the group will collaborate with San Francisco officials to prepare for the pandas' arrival and uphold conservation standards.  

He remarked, “We look forward to a pair of giant pandas in San Francisco in 2025.”  

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