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

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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Giant Panda Tai Shan Departure Date Set for Feb. 4

Tai Shan (tie-SHON), the National Zoo’s giant panda, will depart for China on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 4. Details will be provided at this press briefing Thursday, Jan. 28, including how Tai Shan is being prepared for the journey, and the logistics for his transport.

Under the National Zoo’s agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, Tai Shan, now 4 1/2 years old, will be sent to Wolong’s Bifengxia Panda Base in Ya’an, Sichuan. National Zoo experts will be on hand to answer questions as the Zoo—and the Washington community—prepare to celebrate Tai Shan’s final week in the nation’s capital.