Panda-Viewing Tickets Available Today

From Staff Reports
Monday, November 21, 2005; 9:07 AM

The public can begin signing up today for free, timed-entry tickets to see the National Zoo's giant panda cub.

Tai Shan will go on limited public view beginning Dec. 8. The tickets will be available online starting at 9 a.m. today. The Web site, run by Friends of the National Zoo, has detailed instructions on how to reserve and print the tickets. People who don't have access to the Internet can obtain tickets by calling the zoo between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays at 202-633-4486.

The tickets, issued on a first-come, first-served basis, will initially be made available through Dec. 31, officials said. They allow entry into the Panda House at 10-minute intervals, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. One ticket will be issued for each group of visitors, with up to six people per ticket, depending on availability. A person may print up to two tickets a day. Children age 2 and younger are exempt from the six-person limit.

The cub was born July 9. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, remain on exhibit.

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