How Did the Panda Cross the Planet? Bei Bei’s Trip from Washington D.C. to China

by Jason Baker

November 13, 2019

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The FedEx Panda Express will soon fly again, for the 8th time. This time the specially decaled 777F will carry Bei Bei, a 4-year-old giant panda, 8,500 miles from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC to Chengdu, China.

Bei Bei was born at the National Zoo, and like his sister Bao Bao in 2017, he is moving to China to help contribute to the global giant panda population.

FedEx is donating transportation services as part of our FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative. This dedicated special flight of the fuel-efficient Boeing 777F can make the 16-hour journey from DC to China non-stop.

The only cargo on board will be Bei Bei and his favorite treats. Bei Bei’s treats will not be the standard airline peanuts: he will have 66 pounds of bamboo, 2 pounds of apples and pears, two bags of leafeater biscuits, 2 pounds of cooked sweet potatoes and lots of water.

The Zoo’s assistant curator of giant pandas who has cared for Bei Bei since birth and the Zoo’s chief veterinarian will also travel on the flight.

Upon arrival in Chengdu, Bei Bei’s new keepers from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda will meet him on the tarmac and drive him to Bifenxia Panda Base where he will stay in quarantine for approximately 30 days. Bei Bei will enter the giant panda breeding program when he reaches sexual maturity between 6 and 7 years old.

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Comments on How Did the Panda Cross the Planet? Bei Bei’s Trip from Washington D.C. to China

    Andrew La Barbera, Ph.D. says:

    It is worth a visit to the different panda breeding and research centers in Chengdu to see how China has embraced the preservation of this unique wildlife species. One can visit pandas also at the zoos in Atlanta, San Diego, and Memphis.

    Cheri giles says:

    Great work FEDEX. Have been with the company 15 YEARS and love every minute of it

    Scott says:

    I’m always interested on how animals get transported overseas.

    Lorenzo Lozano says:

    We will mis you Bei Bei


    Thank you taking Bei Bei to China.

    Nancy Bailey says:

    Prayers and safe flight for Bei Bei, flight crew and care givers. Thank you Federal Express for handling precious cargo.

    Arletta Alexander says:

    I worked with the Legal team on the transport of Bei Bei’s parents back in 2000. It’s exciting to know after returning to Fedex after almost 20 years we are still responsible for transporting pandas. Great job Fedex. Safe travels Bei Bei.

    Danielle Morton says:

    I’m proud to work for a company that cares for animals and the fact that it’s something positive is very special to my heart. Thank you FedEx Express for being a part of this!

    Ryan Lheo Perez says:

    All the best, Bei Bei! Mabuhay FedEx! I am so proud of my Purple blood

    Tonia says:

    Thank you FedEx for getting all of our presious cargo Bei Bei, Boa Boa, etc to their new home.

    Veena Samuel says:

    FedEx has been doing wonderful work under the FedEx Cares platform. I have been with the company for the past 13 years and loved each day experiencing and enjoying what it does for the communities that we all work with. I have been a part of many FedEx Care events in the MEISA region and I am proud to be FEDEX.

    Mable Dickson says:

    Praying for a safe flight home for Bei Bei and the a safe return trip back home for the crew and everyone that made sure he made it home to China.

    Barb Boyd says:

    Thank you, FedEx for your dedication to transporting the precious treasures across the world to their ancestral homeland. And thanks to the captain for the “wave” on departure!

    Debby Ballard says:

    Thank you so very much for your wonderful care of Bei Bei and all the other pandas you’ve transported to China. We are all so grateful for the love and care you’ve shown them and appreciate these articles giving such interesting information and photos. Well done, FedEx!

    Suzanne Shankle says:

    Thank you FedEx for this special care-giving flight. Wish all aboard bon voyage and safe travels. So proud to be a FedEx’er!

    Manuel Perez says:

    Very cool! Glad he’s safe now 🙂

    Nancy Yip says:

    Terrific job by all FedEx employees for taking Bei Bei home to China. You even made it personal by putting BB’s face on the plane and truck!

    Stephanie Degaitis says:

    Thank you so much for taking Bei Bei and for all of your staff that went the extra mile. Captain Hunt was interviewed and truly realizes the importance of pandas and how many people around the world love them, and your staff took excellent care of him. Thank you again.

    Agnieszka Sandomierska says:

    Super action – Thank you for taking Bei Bei safely to China.

    ILYAS R. AHMED says:

    Proud to be part of a Company that is ‘Delivering for Good’

    Larry spector says:

    FedEx great company to work for , seen that plane many times in Indianapolis.

    Rupinder Kaur says:

    Got emotional after watching this movement. #FedEx cares #keep motivating #Bei Bei #curious#excited.

    Pam says:

    I was filled with joy and was proud to watch Bei Bei loaded up into a/c on the journey home. Thank you China for sharing him with us 😉

    vimal says:

    Very interesting stuff.. Good work by our FedEx colleagues ..

    Happy to see the video and get the live experience.

    Naresh Kumar Sharma says:

    Its really great to see such special follows and I’m really congratulate to all Fedex commandos involved in such a tremendous task. so keep it up always forever.

    Alfred XIE says:

    A sincere suggestion of friendship and showcase that FedEx Cares!

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