HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 2016-4673, by Representatives Muri, Kilduff, Appleton, Sawyer, Johnson, Griffey, and S. Hunt
WHEREAS, There is nothing on the planet quite as wonderful as a black and white giant panda, also known as ailuropoda melanoleuca; and
WHEREAS, Pandas are an endangered species and the rarest member of the bear family; and
WHEREAS, An estimated 1,800 wild pandas live in remote, mountainous regions in China, where they subsist on a bamboo diet; and
WHEREAS, There continue to be conservation efforts to protect pandas and improve panda habitat; and
WHEREAS, The first panda born in captivity was born in a Beijing zoo in 1963; and
WHEREAS, An estimated 300 pandas live in breeding centers and zoos in the world; and
WHEREAS, Four zoos in the United States house pandas; and
WHEREAS, Pandas symbolize the long-standing friendship between Washington state, the Sichuan Province, and the People's Republic of China; and
WHEREAS, The Washington State Panda Foundation was formed under the leadership of former Governor John Spellman, who initiated a close friendship with Sichuan Province in 1982 to explore the possibility of bringing pandas to Washington state; and
WHEREAS, The Washington State Panda Foundation works to showcase business partnerships, promote natural science, and expand our state's friendship with the People's Republic of China through panda exchange; and
WHEREAS, In late 2015, a group of state lawmakers and President Xi Jinping exchanged letters recognizing opportunities for cooperation and goodwill that could come with Washington state hosting pandas; and
WHEREAS, At least two Washington state zoos, the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo, are being considered as possible panda host locations through an exchange program; and
WHEREAS, In addition to the many cultural, scientific, and business opportunities that may come with hosting pandas, it is well known that pandas put smiles on the faces of everyone who encounters these bears;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Washington State House of Representatives commend the efforts of the Washington State Panda Foundation, Woodland Park Zoo, and Point Defiance Zoo in working with the People's Republic of China to bring pandas to Washington state through an exchange; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives to the Washington State Panda Foundation.
I hereby certify this to be a true and correct copy of
Resolution 4673 adopted by the House of Representatives
February 26, 2016
Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk