Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family
October 17, 2006 – Permanent The Panda House is closed
Museum: National Zoo
Location: Olmstead Walk
The Giant Panda House is closed until further notice to give Mei Xiang quiet time to bond with her new cub. In the meantime, watch Mei and her cub on the Zoo's panda cam. Visitors can see Tian Tian when he is outdoors.
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.