Bao Bao translates as "treasure" or "precious" in English. It was one of five Mandarin Chinese names that were offered for a public online vote. The names were contributed by People's Republic of China ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai; U.S. ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Gary Locke, and his family; giant panda keepers at the China Conservation and Research Center in Wolong, Sichuan, China, where the cub will live after she turns 4 years old; giant panda keepers at the National Zoo; and Friends of the National Zoo. Read more about the Pandas at the National Zoo.
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