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Wanna See Pandas? ‘Course You Do. Here’s Where to See Them Live!

Written by Mary Zakheim

This blog post was updated on March 6, 2023.

Who doesn’t love pandas? We love them, and we know you love them, too. These creatures are absolutely irresistible Have you always wanted to see a real one up and close? Then check out the top zoos around the world where you can get your panda fix!

Calgary Zoo

As Canadians are ever the diplomats, it makes sense that the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo used to share a pair of pandas between them over the course of at least 10 years. The pandas permanently moved to Calgary 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

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 heading to Atlanta anytime soon, this is a place you just can’t miss.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo

In 2016, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC welcomed panda cub Bei Bei into their fold, 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.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

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

Have you ever seen pandas live? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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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