New Pandas Arrive at Zoo

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Two Giant Pandas, Tian Tian (male) and Mei Xiang (female), arrive at the National Zoological Park after a 17-hour journey from Wolong Nature Reserve in China where they were born. The pair of Giant Pandas are on a 10 year loan to the National Zoo from the Chinese government at a cost of $1 million a year that will go to the China Wildlife Conservation Association. The money will be used for panda conservation research. The pair will be quarantined for 30 day before going on public view. Tian Tian was born on August 27, 1997 and his name means "more and more." Mei Xiang was born on July 22, 1998 and her name means "beautiful fragrance."


  • Tian Tian
  • Mei Xiang
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Wolong Nature Reserve
  • Chung-kuo yeh sheng tung wu pao hu hsieh hui


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Barker, Karlyn. "Pandas Start Settling In." Washington Post, December 7, 2000, pg. A1, A19.

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


December 6, 2000


  • Animals
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Endangered ecosystems
  • Quarantine, Veterinary
  • Giant panda
  • Endangered species



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