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The Best Places Around the World to Spot Pandas

Written by Mary Zakheim

Cute, cuddly, and absolutely stunning. Who doesn’t love pandas? We do, and you do. We don’t blame you. Have you always wanted to see a real one (or more) up and close? Then check out the top zoos around the world where you can get your panda fix!

Calgary Zoo

Calgary Zoo Panda

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0Elsie Hui

Ever the diplomats, the Toronto and Calgary Zoos used to share a pair of pandas between them over the course of at least 10 years until they permanently moved to the latter in 2018. If you want to see the pandas, be sure to swing by between the hours of 9:30 am and 6:00 pm. If that’s not an option, you can always connect to the zoo’s online panda cam!

Zoo Atlanta

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0 – Joyce Thoma

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0Joyce Thoma

Zoo Atlanta has a matriarch panda, Lun Lun, who is the mother to seven offspring. As many other similar zoos, they also have a live panda cam. Giving the people what they want! The zoo also offers a “meet and feed” adult giant pandas program, so if you love these adorable mammals and have the intention of booking cheap flights to Atlanta anytime soon, this is a place you just can’t miss.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0 – C Watts

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0C Watts

The Washington DC zoo welcomed panda cub Bei Bei into their fold in 2016, joining his parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. And yes, you got it right: this zoo also has a live panda cam. Admission to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free, so a trip to see the pandas is definitely worth it.

Hong Kong Ocean Park

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0 – Ossi Petruska

Image via Flickr – CC BY 2.0Ossi Petruska

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!

About the author

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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