Three Grand Prize Winners will receive an exclusive, keeper-led tour for six of the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat, including behind-the-scenes and front of house experiences! (Please note: there is never direct contact with the giant pandas).
There is a $25 non-refundable entry fee for this competition.
The competition is open to people of all ages. The participant categories are:
FONZ will award one Grand Prize to each category winning individual or team: An exclusive keeper-led tour of the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat for six guests. Your 30-minute tour will be led by a panda keeper and will include experiences behind and in front of the scenes in the Zoo's Panda House. Tour is limited to six guests and will be scheduled on a date mutually acceptable to the winner, panda staff, and the pandas. Panda tours are almost always scheduled at 8 am, due to the schedule of the pandas. At least one adult must accompany the tour. Guests will not come into direct contact with giant pandas during the tour.
Prize winners will be notified by email. Tours will be scheduled by the individual or team captain after notification of winning.
FONZ will award one Honorable Mention prize to each category runner-up. Honorable Mention winners will be notified by email.
Select Staff of Smithsonian's National Zoo, as well as distinguished guests of the community, will judge this competition. Entries will be judged based upon overall appearance, originality and creativity, and consistency of theme (Theme of the competition is "Bao Bao's Blizzard Bash".)
Winners will be notified and prizes awarded by email by Friday, December 5, 2014. All rulings by the judges are final.
Completed entries must be delivered to The National Zoo's Visitor Center Auditorium between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22 or the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The National Zoo's address is 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008.
The Auditorium is located within the Visitor Center near Connecticut Avenue; closest parking is in Lot A. Vehicles will be allowed thirty minutes for unloading entries. Entrants are responsible for the full transportation of their habitats from your vehicle to the Visitor Center Auditorium. Carts will not be available for transporting gingerbread habitats. National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo staff are not permitted to assist in the transportation of any gingerbread habitat entry.
Entries will be on display at the Visitor Center Auditorium beginning Friday, November 28, 2014 and ending Thursday, January 1, 2015. Unless participants make arrangements with the competition coordinator, habitats will be discarded on Friday, January 2, 2015.
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) reserve the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes.