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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar join government officials from China and the United States to witness and celebrate the signing of the Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement, a new loan agreement regarding the National Zoo's giant panda program. The National Zoo is home to giant pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. The pair has resided at the Zoo for the last ten years under the terms of a loan agreement from the Chinese government which has recently expired. Photo credit Tami A Heilemann

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Taken on January 20, 2011