I don't completely understand the situation with China and their giant pandas. Why did they stop giving pandas to other nations as diplomatic gifts? I realize that giant pandas are one of China's national treasures, but why is it that a country cannot buy pandas, but only receive them by temporary loan? China wants half of the money from the loan fee for conservation and research purposes, as well as ownership of the cubs born, correct? Why can't they sell the pandas, raise the cost by a few million dollars, and then use that money (instead of just 1/2 million from the loans) towards their panda/habitat conservation and research? Are there certain laws that prevent this from happening? Is China unwilling to permanently give up any pandas? CGSwans said a few months ago, when talking about news of new destinations for pandas, "...It is all getting rather silly. At this rate, they will not remain one of the zoo world's ultimate status symbols for very much longer." Obviously if pandas were exhibited in every zoo, they wouldn't be that exciting (I surmise that this is what he meant). Could this have something to do with it? I apologize if (A). this question/matter has already been discussed, (B). the answer to my question is blatantly obvious, (C). I am being inconsiderate of important details that would answer the question. It's just that I'm a bit confused about the whole thing and was just curious about why this can't be done/hasn't been done.