FONZ Coordinates Construction of Panda Yards

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More than 500 volunteers and National Zoological Park employees work May 10-13 building a panda-sized exercise complex for the middle-aged duo, Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing. The structure, designed by a New York architect, includes inclined ramps and stairs, balance beams and swings, a tunnel, high-rise platforms with feeding stations and even a hammock for naps.


  • Friends of the National Zoo (U.S.)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 4, "The Torch," July 1984, p. 4.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1984. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 414.

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


May 10, 1984


  • Architecture
  • Repair and reconstruction
  • Giant panda
  • Building
  • Buildings--Repair and reconstruction

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