"National Zoo: The Giant Pandas" National Zoo Tip by dek516
National Zoo, Washington D.C.: 69 reviews and 128 photos
In 1972, DC saw the arrival of its first pandas, Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing, thus beginning the panda-craze that has never left the city. The pandas were extremely popular during their plus 20 years at the zoo until their deaths in the 1990s. Although the pair had several cubs, none survived.
In 2000, two new pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang arrived on a 10 year loan from China. A baby cub, named Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain) was born in 2005. The pandas were already insanely popular at the zoo, but Tai Shan made them superstars. For many months visitors had to reserve tickets to see the pandas at a specific time. Now that Tai Shan is older and looking less like a cute little cub tickets are no longer needed, although expect to hit crowds when visiting.
Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Directions: Metro Stops: Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams-Morgan/Cleveland Park
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