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FONZ Members Say a Special Goodbye to Bao Bao

  • FONZ Members During Bye Bye Bao Bao Event

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. Together, decked out in our panda gear, we took in prime views of our famous bear, grabbed some souvenir postcards to remember her by, stopped by the selfie station, and more.

We'd like to send a special congratulations to Mariko Farrelly, from Ardsley, N.Y., and Wendy Gee, from Washington, D.C., who were picked as our raffle winners! Mariko will receive an original painting by Bao Bao—a totally unique work of art created by the panda herself—and Wendy will receive a special framed painting of Bao Bao.

From all of us at FONZ, thank you for sharing a special Saturday with Bao Bao—and thank you for being a Friend!

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