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VISITORS: Due to Bao Bao's departure, the Zoo will be closed to the public Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find out how you can say #ByeByeBaoBao and tune in to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Facebook page to watch live as Bao Bao departs on Feb. 21.

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Friends of the National Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) helps the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species through educational and fun experiences, the power of our members, and funding for critical work.

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On Saturday morning, about 3,000 FONZ members gathered at the panda house for a special opportunity to say Bye Bye Bao Bao, a little more than a week before she heads to her new home in China.
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Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!

Bye Bye Bao Bao

Bye Bye Bao Bao Event Artwork Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!

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Imagine falling asleep to the sounds of the howling wolves or being awakened by the bark of the sea lions at play. Come spend the night at the Smithsonian's National Zoo!

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