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Bao Bao Will Make Her Public Debut Jan. 18

  • Mei Xiang, the Giant Panda, helps her cub Bao Bao climb up on some rocks inside their habitat

After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting Jan. 18. Members of Friends of the National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao exclusively at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17.

The amount of time Bao Bao and her mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will be on exhibit each day will depend on the bears' behavior. In the first few weeks they may not be on exhibit for long periods of time; they will spend more time on exhibit as Bao Bao gets older. They will also have access to the den, where Bao Bao has spent much of the past few months, and may choose to spend time in it instead of in public viewing areas.

The Zoo will provide more information and updates about Bao Bao's debut as the date draws nearer through Facebook, Twitter and the Giant Panda Update e-newsletter.

The Zoo's panda cams are sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.