Wondering when you might get a glimpse of the adorable baby panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo? You don’t have to wait much longer.
After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting Jan. 18. Members of Friends of the National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao exclusively at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17.
The amount of time Bao Bao and her mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will be on exhibit each day will depend on the bears’ behavior. In the first few weeks they may not be on exhibit for long periods of time; they will spend more time on exhibit as Bao Bao gets older. They will also have access to the den, where Bao Bao has spent much of the past few months, and may choose to spend time in it instead of in public viewing areas.
Photo by Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo.