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The cost of Lin Ping's new loan agreement, about 660 million baht, is not much if people take into account the annual revenue that the celebrity giant panda and its family have been generating, the president of the South East Asian Zoos Association said on Wednesday. 

Lin Ping  is one of the pandas said to be generating about three billion baht of annual income for Chiang Mai province. (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

Sophon Dumnui, former director of the Zoological Park Organisation, said the pandas have been generating about three billion baht of annual income for Chiang Mai province.

The Zoological Park Organisation's share of the revenue can be distributed to help other animal species nationwide, Mr Sophon said.

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