Visiting pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC, is an experience to remember no matter the season, but there’s something about snow that brings out the pandas’ playful side. While the temperatures and heavy snowfall might make humans want to bundle up in blankets and stay inside, pandas, with their thick, woolly fur that keeps them warm and dry, are much more keen to have some fun outside.
The snowy weather that hit DC yesterday was a welcome sight for 20-year-old panda Mei Xiang and three-year-old Bei Bei, who spent their morning rolling in the snow and eating bamboo.
The snow frolicking comes in advance of the zoo’s giant panda housewarming party on February 23. Sponsored by Airbnb, and organized with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the zoo is hosting the party in honor of the new visitor exhibit inside the panda house. The event will include special talks by scientists and keepers, free dumplings, and hot chocolate. The exhibit itself will teach visitors about the ecology, history, reproduction, conservation, and care of giant pandas through interactive games and activities.
The event will run from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and more information is available on the event’s web page.