Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family
October 17, 2006 - Permanent
Museum: National Zoo
Location: Olmstead Walk
Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian can be seen in their habitat wrestling in the grass, sleeping in a tree, munching on stalks of bamboo, or lounging in a misty grotto.
Features included in the 2006 renovation/expansion:
- An expanded outdoor area, 4 yards, and 4 dens.
- Conservation Plaza provides information on ongoing efforts to save the pandas and their habitats; it features a large-scale topographic map and interactive touch-screen kiosks.
- Experience Zone includes some of the features of the panda yard, including cooling rocks, a panda grotto, and foggers to mimic the environment in their native habitat.
- Research Center (in the indoor exhibit area) provides information on panda research at the zoo and the panda's life cycle and biology.
- A new Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement was signed in January 2011, extending the Zoo’s giant panda program for five more years.
- The pandas may be resting indoors during warm-weather months.