Media Advisory: Farewell Celebration for Giant Panda Bei Bei


“Bye Bye, Bei Bei” (BAY-BAY,) a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he departs for China.


Nov. 11 to Nov. 18
Complete schedule of online and onsite events:

Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Zoo staff available for individual interviews
RSVP to Devin Murphy,


Online: #ByeByeBeiBei and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Note: Media requesting to film daily enrichment should call (202) 633-3055 to make arrangements.


Giant panda keepers 

Giant panda Bei Bei will be celebrated with a series of public farewell events from Nov. 11 to 18. Fans can pick up a postcard memento at the Zoo and write their own notes to Bei Bei that will travel with him to China. For fans joining the festivities remotely, Panda Cam 1 will show Bei Bei 24/7. Bei Bei will receive special treats and toys twice each day. All three of the Zoo’s giant pandas will receive ice cakes at 9 a.m. on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 in honor of Bei Bei’s farewell. In addition, free hot chocolate will be served on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.

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