Giant Pandas Come to NZP




Date: April 16, 1972


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Upon the occasion of the historic visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China, the People's Republic of China presents two Giant Pandas, Hsing-Hsing (m) and Ling-Ling (f), to the United States. They become residents of the National Zoological Park on April 16, 1972.


  • Nixon, Richard M (Richard Milhous) 1913-
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • United States President


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Image of Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing at National Zoo, Negative Number 96-1378.
  • Video Clip of Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing at the National Zoo from biologist Devra Kleiman's studies, 1973, Accession 01-227.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1984, p. 19.
  • Smithsonian "Torch" staff newsletter, 4/1982, p. 5.
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology".

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


April 16, 1972


  • Endangered ecosystems
  • Gifts
  • Giant panda
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Endangered species


  • District of Columbia
  • China (Republic : 1949- )
  • United States of America
  • Washington
  • National Zoological Park

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