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Bye Bye, Bei Bei

Saturday, November 9, 2019 to Monday, November 18, 2019
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Bye Bye, Bei Bei

Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute for a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he begins the next chapter of his life in China.

As part of the Zoo's cooperative breeding program with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when 4 years old to breed with other pandas, helping to keep the population genetically diverse. Learn more about Bei Bei's trip to China in this FAQ.

Bei Bei will be sent off with a series of celebratory public events from Monday, Nov. 11, through Monday, Nov. 18, including 24/7 Bei Bei on Panda Cam 1. Check out the full schedule below for more details. Don't forget to follow Bei Bei's goodbye on social media by liking the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Special thanks to transportation provider, FedEx, and event sponsors, Airbnb and Panda Bath Tissue for their support!

panda paintingSpecial Keepsake: Bei Bei's Autograph
Many animals at the Zoo have the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind art using nontoxic, water-based paint, including Bei Bei! Painting is just one type of enrichment that is visually engaging and gives animals something new and different to touch and smell. Download Bei Bei's paw print.

VISITORS: By entering the premises for these events you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded for any use and waive all rights you may have to any claims in connection to these events.

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