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Announcing the PANDA Extravaganza Sweepstakes winner!
Friday, October 18, 2013

Texas resident has won a giant panda fan’s experience of a lifetime 
 
ATLANTA – October 18, 2013 – Next week, one lucky individual will live a giant panda fan’s dream. Cathy Burk of Garland, Texas, has been announced as the winner of the PANDA Extravaganza Sweepstakes hosted by Zoo Atlanta. The sweepstakes closed on October 11, 2013, with more than 15,800 entries. 
 
Ms. Burk and a guest will enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes encounter in the giant panda nursery at Zoo Atlanta; VIP participation in the giant panda cubs’ 100 Day Naming Celebration on October 23, 2013; roundtrip airfare to Atlanta; two nights at W Atlanta – Downtown; dinner for two at BLT Steak Atlanta; and a spa package for two at Bliss Atlanta. Official partners of PANDA Extravaganza are W Atlanta – Downtown and Southwest Airlines. 
 
“We congratulate Ms. Burk and were thrilled by the number of entries we had in the sweepstakes. This truly shows the power these two cubs have to unite and engage thousands of fans in raising awareness of giant pandas and encouraging commitment to protecting their endangered species,” said Raymond B. King, President and CEO. “We look forward to sharing the announcement of the cubs’ names with their fans around the world.” 
 
The national voting contest to name the cubs continues online on Good Morning America. Voting will close at 11:59 p.m. on October 20, 2013, and the winning set of names will be announced on October 23, 2013. 
 
The 3-month-old cubs, which are expected to make their debut later this fall, will be named per Chinese tradition when they are 100 days old. Stay tuned for details on the 100 Day Naming Celebration. Follow the twins’ milestones on PandaCam presented by EarthCam on zooatlanta.org or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. Fans are also encouraged to subscribe to exclusive email content via Cub Confidential; subscribe on the PandaCam page on zooatlanta.org.