Panda Cub’s Name is Bao Bao, Will Go on Exhibit in January

by Prince Of Petworth December 1, 2013 at 9:42 am 3 Comments

Photo by Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“This is the day! Today, our panda cub gets her name. The ceremony, TODAY at 1 PM, is open to the public but space is limited. The cub herself will go on exhibit in early January.”

You can see the five panda cub name options here.

Updates when the name is announced.

It’s Bao Bao!!! Bao Bao means treasure or precious.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully she will help continue the breeding program for pandas! As in boom-chicka Bao Bao….!

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of breeding, with so few pandas left in captivity, aren’t they concerned about the affects of inbreeding? Or is that trumped by basic survival of the species?

    • Anonymous

      That’s an interesting question, but I think that in this case and many others with endangered species, zoos are extremely careful and intentional about which animals mate. I know in some instances there’s one point person across all accredited zoos in the U.S. or internationally who maintains the species book with all of the genetic and mating information, so there is a lot of coordination across all the zoos, and one animal will often be moved to a zoo for the specific purpose of mating with its opposite-sex counterpart already living at that zoo. (Saying all this with the disclaimer that I’m not a zookeeper, nor to I have any academic background in zoology…I just have an abiding love for zoos and baby animals, so I get lots of the e-mail updates from the National Zoo and others, plus I know a family friend who serves as the species mating coordinator nationally for another endangered species. :) )


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