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Pandas at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

The National zoo in Washington, D.C. received a new pair of Giant Panda Bears on December 6, 2000. The National zoo has been the home of Giant Pandas, since China first gave a pair to the U.S. in 1972. See Hsing Hsing

The male is 3 1/2 years old and is named Tian Tian. The name means "more and more". The female, is 2 years old and is called Mei Xiang, meaning "beautiful fragrance". After a brief period i quarantine, the Pandas were put in their new home and are now on display to the delight of crowds of people. People who have not been to the zoo in years, are going to see them And, they do not leave disappointed.

Over $18M in private donations from individuals and corporations was raised for Giant Pandas. $10M of this amount will go to China to the Wolong Giant Panda research station to fund conservation projects and research. This money will also be used to improve housing for the Giant Panda at the zoo and will include air conditioning as Washington, summers are too hot for pandas whose normal habitat is cool mountainous regions.

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