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Zoo Atlanta says good-bye to panda with a party Jan. 30

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Mei Lan made her first trip outside in 2007. She came out, went back in, then came out again to explore. Next week, she'll leave Zoo Atlanta and move on to China. AJC file photo

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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7 comments Add your comment

dana baker

February 2nd, 2010
3:21 am

thank you for the many photos you posted for us to enjoy…i would love to have a large photo of the panda bears…………..be safe precious little ones……………

dana baker

February 2nd, 2010
3:10 am

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dana baker

February 2nd, 2010
3:09 am

i love the panda bears…………….they bring joy just looking at them……this panda is going home…like we have to go in the end…..

PJ

January 30th, 2010
8:27 pm

FYI DRE, THAT WOMAN WAS MY MOTHER….THINK BEFORE YOU TYPE. It’s people like you who ruin fun for others.

PJ

January 30th, 2010
8:21 pm

This message is for DRE. Many of those “goodbye notes to bears” people were writing today were simply stating how much they will miss her and thanking ZA for all they have done with and for the pandas. For example, one woman noted on that card how Mei Lan was such a great comfort while she was battling cancer and the death of her husband, AT THE SAME TIME. And without panda cam she would have had nothing to make her smile. So before you go make such an ignorant comment as you did you should stop and think whose feelings you’re stomping on. I have one question for you. If you’re not interested in pandas, then why were you even looking at these pictures to begin with?

dre

January 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

if you wrote a goodbye note to a bear today, please no not procreate

Mike Licht

January 30th, 2010
11:48 am

Mei Lan will be shipped to China by FedEx. If no one’s home, leave her with the neighbors in Mongolia.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2010/01/30/the-panda-express