China departure date adjusted for Xi Lan and Po
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s second and third offspring will now depart on May 12
Giant pandas Xi Lan, 5, and Po, 3, are now scheduled to depart for China on Monday, May 12, 2014, five days later than originally planned, as a result of logistical changes in their travel arrangements.
The bears’ upcoming trip is one of the most anticipated milestones in the life of a U.S.-born giant panda. Their older brother, Mei Lan, made the voyage in 2010 and now resides at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which will also be Xi Lan’s and Po’s new home.
Fans are encouraged to visit the Zoo to wish Xi Lan and Po well on their new adventure. The morning hours are best for seeing both Xi Lan and Po on exhibit, as temperatures are cool enough for giant pandas to be outdoors. Once temperatures warm up, either Xi Lan or Po will be on exhibit in one of the interior dayrooms.
The youngest members of Lun Lun’s and Yang Yang’s family, twin cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan, are on exhibit daily.