panda cam or visit father Tian Tian when he is outdoors.  

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Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

October 17, 2006 – Permanent The Panda House is closed

Museum: National Zoo

Location: Olmstead Walk

Panda cub Bao Bao makes her public debut on January 18! The Giant Panda House is closed until then to give her and mother Mei Xiang quiet time to bond. Bao will be on view briefly at first, but for longer periods as she gets older. When she is off view, watch her on the Zoo's panda cam or visit her father Tian Tian when he is outdoors.

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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