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Media Advisory: Giant Panda Cub Naming Ceremony Is Dec. 1 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

For Release: November 25, 2013

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 1.

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

12:15 p.m. Media arrival and set-up

WHAT: After receiving more than 123,000 online votes, officials and dignitaries will reveal the name of the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo at a special ceremony celebrating her 100th day of life. The public is welcome, but space is extremely limited.

The cub's name will be revealed in both English and Chinese on scrolls hanging from a 12-foot arch. Entertainment will include lion dancers, music and a Chinese cuisine treat provided by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.

WHO: Wayne Clough, secretary, Smithsonian Institution

Dennis Kelly, director, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Cui Tiankai, ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United States

Kerri-Ann Jones, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International

Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

A video message from Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

WHERE: Panda Plaza, located between the Bus Parking Lot and Parking Lot B on Olmsted Walk.

(Note: Media may park in the Bus Parking Lot. The panda house will remain closed.)

3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.

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