WASHINGTON, December 18, 2013—After four months of watching via webcam, visitors will finally get to see the National Zoo’s panda cub in person starting January 18, 2014.
FONZ members will receive a benefit of their membership by being able to participate in a preview visit on January 11 to January 17, 2014.
The amount of time that the cub, Bao Bao and her mother Mei Xiang will be in view each day will depend on the behavior of the bears and their desires.
It is expected that over the first few weeks, the mother and cub will chose to spend more time in their more familiar den where the cub has spend virtually all of her life up to this point, but as time passes, Bao Bao will start spending more and more time in the public’s eye.
The Zoo will keep the den open at all times, so the bears can escape the public view is they feel like it.
As the date grows closer, the National Zoo will release more information about Bao Bao’s debut through Facebook, twitter and the panda e-newsletter.
Until the debut, Bao Bao and Mei Xiang can still be viewed by pandacam which is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company
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