Giant panda Bao Bao leaving for China

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Bao Bao, Giant Panda, Smithsonian Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Bao Bao, Giant Panda, Smithsonian Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.

Bao Bao is 1 of 2 female giant pandas that currently resides at the Smithsonian Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.

She was born August 23, 2013 at 5:32 p.m.

She will be flying to Chengdu, China along with a keeper and veterinarian from the zoo via Federal Express aircraft.

The panda team will monitor Bao Bao continuously during her trip and will travel with 55 pounds (25 kilograms) of bamboo, 2 pounds of apples (.90 kilograms) and pears, two bags of leaf-eater biscuits, two cooked sweet potatoes and 10 gallons (113 liters) of water.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has an agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) that dictates when a giant panda turns four years of age, the panda must be sent to China.

The zoo will have a public goodbye for Bao Bao on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  In order to attend you must have a FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) membership.

After Bao Bao’s departure, the male panda Bei Bei will transition to her yard and indoor enclosure.

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