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 farewell party. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 30. $13.99-$18.99, free for kids younger than 2. Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta. 404-624-9453, www.zooatlanta.org.
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