Celebration Kickoff: 25 years of pandas

June 1

Summer of Celebration Kickoff: 25 years of giant pandas

2024 marks the 25th anniversary of giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta.

We’re kicking off a summer of celebration highlighting this incredible legacy!

Join us for dynamic cultural performances, educational activities, and more from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities are free for Zoo Atlanta Members; free with general admission.


Celebration Activities

  • 9:30 a.m. | Zoo Front Entrance: Chinese lion dance from Chien Hong School of Kung Fu
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Ford Pavilion: Family-friendly DJ, activities, and live chalk art from Fawne DeRosia
  • 11 a.m. | Ford Pavilion: Dance party with Zhu Zhu, Zoo Atlanta’s panda mascot
  • 12:30 p.m. | Ford Pavilion: Chinese lion performance and martial arts demonstration from the Shaolin Institute
  • 2 p.m. | Ford Pavilion: Dance party with Zhu Zhu, Zoo Atlanta’s panda mascot

It’s not goodbye … yet!

Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda agreement with China expires late this year, and while the Zoo Atlanta pandas are expected to travel to China sometime in the fourth quarter of 2024, we don’t yet have details on the specific timing of exactly when those travels will be occurring. We will be communicating as broadly as possible with our many giant panda fans once we learn more. Stay tuned as updates will be provided as they are available.

Questions about the giant panda program at Zoo Atlanta? See our FAQs.

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