SOURCE: Smithsonian’s National Zoo
For Release: January 12, 2016
WHAT: Public debut of giant panda cub Bei Bei at the National Zoo
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Note: It is recommended that visitors interested in seeing Bei Bei arrive at the panda habitat by 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat on Asia Trail Smithsonian’s National Zoo 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.Note: Asia Trail, which is home to the Giant Panda Habitat, will have a one-way traffic pattern. Visitors interested in seeing Bei Bei should use the Asia Trail entrance across from the Zoo’s Visitor Center. Visitors may be allowed into the panda house on a first-come, first-served basis in small groups to avoid overcrowding.
WHO: Marty Dearie, animal keeper
On Jan. 16, members of the public will see giant panda cub Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) on exhibit for the first time since the National Zoo’s panda house closed to the public before his birth Aug. 22, 2015. Bei Bei and his mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will have access to their off-exhibit den and may choose to spend time in it instead of on exhibit. The amount of time Bei Bei will be on exhibit each day will depend on his behavior.
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