After so many celebrations for namings and birthdays, Mei Lan the panda will have her last great to-do in Atlanta this weekend.
Zoo Atlanta announced today that her farewell party will include refreshments, dancers keeper talks, good-bye card-making and Mei Lan memorabilia. The zoo will sell $25 raffle tickets to witness her last departure from the panda building before heading to Washington, D.C., and then to China. She’ll be aboard a Fedex flight with the National Zoo’s male panda, Tai Shan. (Here’s more info about her 14 1/2 hour flight to Chengdu.)
If you can’t make it out this weekend — or don’t want to battle the panda’s adoring fans — she’ll be on display in Atlanta through Wednesday, and will leave in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday.
Want to go? Zoo Atlanta celebrates panda Mei Lan with a