Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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Bei Bei’s Fourth Birthday Celebration

  • Giant panda Bei Bei sitting in his hammock.
    Bei Bei sitting in his outdoor hammock.

WHAT:          Giant panda Bei Bei will receive a panda-friendly frozen cake specially made by the Zoo’s Department of Nutrition Science.      

WHEN:          Thursday, Aug. 22
                       9 a.m.

WHERE:       David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat
                      Smithsonian’s National Zoo
                      3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
                     (Note: Media parking will be in the Bus Parking Lot.)

WHO:             Laurie Thompson, assistant curator of giant pandas
                       Mariel Lally, animal keeper
                       Shellie Pick, animal keeper