National Zoo Offers 29,000 New Tickets to See Tai Shan

By Karlyn Barker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 21, 2005; 12:39 PM

The National Zoo has made more than 29,000 new tickets available to the public to see its giant panda cub, Tai Shan, through January and has slightly expanded the viewing hours at the Panda House.

Free, timed-entry tickets can be obtained at either the zoo's Web site or the Web site of Friends of the National Zoo, its support organization.

The male cub, born July 9, has been on public view since Dec. 8.

Beginning Jan. 3, viewing times for Tai Shan will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The zoo is also permitting those with tickets to see the cub from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. daily, except Wednesdays and Sundays.

The zoo will continue to distribute 60 same-day tickets to see the cub. Those tickets can be obtained from a booth near the Panda House, starting at 8 a.m.

More than 40,000 tickets to see the cub through early January have previously been distributed to the general public and FONZ members.

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