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The Best Places Around the World to Spot Pandas

Mary Zakheim
Written by Mary Zakheim

OMG it’s National Panda Day and we are enthused to say the least. For one, we can do a happy dance because these cute, cuddly critters are back on the rise after once being on the endangered list. But, really, I think we all just want to look at cute pandas. We don’t blame you. Check out the top zoos around the world where you can get your panda fix!

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is so dedicated to their (and our) panda obsession, they have a live feed of their cuddly bears streaming at all times — a dose of cute to tide you over until you can make it to see them IRL. They have three pandas, two adults and one baby who was born in 2012. The zoo offers an Early Morning with Pandas experience where guests can pay to enter the panda viewing area in the morning before it opens to the public. The two-hour experience tours a small group around the zoo, where visitors can see other animals up close as well. Prices start at $99.

Zoo Atlanta

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Zoo Atlanta has a matriarch panda, Lun Lun, who is the mother to seven offspring. And yup, you bet there are baby panda pictures all over Zoo Atlanta‘s Instagram. They also have a live panda cam. Giving the people what they want! The zoo also offers a program that allows visitors to meet and feed adult giant pandas. Tickets start at $160.

Toronto and Calgary Zoos

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Ever the diplomats, the Toronto and Calgary Zoos are sharing a pair of pandas between them over the course of at least 10 years. The pandas arrived at the Toronto Zoo in 2013 and plan on moving to the Calgary Zoo in 2018. Of course, there is a live panda cam. Duh. If you want to see the pandas, be sure to swing by between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:30 pm!

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

In case you didn’t know, the Washington DC zoo welcomed panda cub Bei Bei into their fold last year. And now the cuddly ball of fur is now allowed to be seen by the public. The zoo has three pandas and, we know you want to know, a live panda cam. If you’re tuning in on the panda cam, you will be able to watch Bei Bei weaning from her mother — a sight that you may not be able to catch in person. Admission to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free, so a trip to see the pandas is definitely worth it.

Hong Kong Ocean Park

The Hong Kong park houses two giant pandas as well as red pandas — whose environments are being increasingly threatened. Visitors can watch the animals during their feeding time and can even meet the giant pandas up close and personal! Tickets are about $55. Unfortunately, there is not a live panda cam here. Guess you’ll just have to visit the pandas in person!

Which destination do you most want to jet off to? Let us know in the comments!


About the author

Mary Zakheim

Mary Zakheim

When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch.

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