Join the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute “Bye Bye, Bei Bei” (BAY-BAY,) a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he departs for China from November 11 to November 18, 2019.
Fans can pick up a postcard memento at the Zoo and write their own notes to Bei Bei that will travel with him to China. For fans joining the festivities remotely, Panda Cam 1 will show Bei Bei 24/7. Bei Bei will receive special treats and toys twice each day. All three of the Zoo’s giant pandas will receive ice cakes at 9am on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 in honor of Bei Bei’s farewell. In addition, free hot chocolate will be served on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. Click here for a detailed schedule of events.
As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding program with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when 4 years old to breed with other pandas, helping to keep the population genetically diverse. Learn more about Bei Bei’s trip to China in this FAQ.
In other Zoo news:
*Zoo Lights begins Nov. 29, 2019 and stays lit through Jan. 1, 2020
*International Cheetah Day Dec. 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Brew Lights at Zoo Lights is Dec. 12, 2019
*Become a FONZ member to support the Zoo as well as receive many perks and discounts