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Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

October 17, 2006 – Permanent

Museum: National Zoo

Location: Olmstead Walk

Giant panda cub Bao Bao is now on exhibit! Bao Bao is now spending much of her time in the trees of her outdoor exhibit where she can sometimes be difficult to see. Sharp eyes will spot her. The panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, the line for the panda house may close as early as 2 p.m. if crowds are heavy.

The Giant Panda Habitat features the following:

  • An outdoor area, 4 yards, and 4 dens.
  • A Conservation Plaza with information on ongoing efforts to save the pandas and their habitats, a large-scale topographic map, and interactive touch-screen kiosks.
  • An Experience Zone with some of the features of the panda yard, including cooling rocks, a panda grotto, and foggers to mimic the environment in their native habitat.
  • A Research Center (in the indoor exhibit area) with 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.

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