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DCís Panda Bao Bao Makes Her Public Debut

By January 13, 2014

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The giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, Bao Bao, will make her public debut Jan. 18, 2014. The panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be open from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20. Beginning Jan. 21 it will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will be allowed into the panda house on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to the expected number of visitors to see Bao Bao, the Asia Trail will be open to one-way traffic only.

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.

Photo © Smithsonian National Zoo

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