FedEx Helps Celebrate Panda Bao Bao’s First Birthday
FedEx continued its tradition of supporting panda conversation programs by celebrating Panda Bao Bao’s First Birthday at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Our friends at the Smithsonian’s The National Zoo shared their sentiments about the birthday celebration and importance of panda conversation.
In August, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo hosted a birthday party, to celebrate one of our biggest conservation successes: Bao Bao. Our giant panda cub represents decades of collaboration between Smithsonian and Chinese scientists. Born one year ago, Bao Bao’s birth was the result of 42 years of study by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, leaders in giant panda conservation.
Together with the Zoo and FONZ, FedEx and other event partners and tens of thousands of guests, we celebrated our giant panda program as well as our leadership in animal conservation. Bao Bao participated in a traditional Chinese Zhuazhou ceremony, frequently performed at a child’s first birthday. Three posters were affixed to bamboo stalks with honey treats at the bottom in Bao Bao’s yard, and had different symbols representing longevity, good health, and fertility. Bao Bao chose the poster symbolizing “long life,” but she didn’t stop there. She also played with the two other posters. We hope this means that she will be an ambassador for conservation for many years to come; will enjoy great health and will have her own cubs one day.
Bao Bao is only one of 155 animals born at our nation’s zoo over the last year. It is our hope that she will continue to serve as an “ambassador for conservation,” as we work every day to save species.