The star resident of the National Zoo is leaving Washington next week. Four-year-old Tai Shan will board the "FedEx Panda Express" to Chengdu, China. Where will they find a mailer large enough for him?
This mother and cub pair is at Wolong National Nature Preserve, a part of the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. The Wolong center has two types of ‘accommodations’ for giant pandas – the Captive Cages and the Semi-nature Enclosures.
The panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, lit. "black and white cat-foot") also known as the giant panda to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda, is a bear native to central-western and south western China.