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