After 100 days and 123,039 votes, the female giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo received her name - "Bao Bao" - on December 1, 2013. The name, which translates as "treasure" or "precious",  was unveiled at a special celebration ceremony at the National Zoo when she is 100 days old, according to Chinese tradition. The ceremony also included special video messages from First Lady of the People's Republic of China, Peng Liyuan and First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

In coordination with the celebration, we are also sharing lovely photos of giant pandas living at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. Some of the photos have never before been published.

There are currently 15 giant pandas living in various zoos all across the U.S. under the Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement between China and the United States. They live at the:

*Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington D.C. – Mei Xiang and Tian Tian both arrived in the U.S. in December 2000. Mei Xiang gave birth to Bao Bao in August 2013. Their first cub, Tai Shan, born in 2005 returned to China in 2010.

*Zoo Atlanta, Georgia – Lun Lun and Yang Yang both arrived in November 1999. They have produced five cubs: Mei Lan, Xi Lan, Po and most recently the twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan. Xi Lan, Po and the twins, Mei Lun and Mei Huan, are still living at Zoo Atlanta.

*San Diego Zoo, California – Bai Yun and Gao Gao arrived respectively in September 1996 and January 2003. They have produced five cubs: Hua Mei, Mei Sheng, Su Lin, Zhen Zhen, Yun Zi and Xiao Liwu. Yun Zi and Xiao Liwu are still living at the San Diego Zoo. The rest of the pandas born there have returned to the research center in China.

*Memphis Zoo, Tennessee – Ya Ya and Le Le arrived in April 2003. They have not become parents yet.

(Source of Panda Photos: Ms. LUO Xiaoyun, Contemperory Chinese Photographer andwww.quanjing.com)

Links

 Link to the full report on the messages from First Lady of the People's Republic of China, Peng Liyuan and First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. : http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zmgxss/t1104807.htm

Watch the "Panda Cam" at the National Zoo, please click:  http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-panda.cfm

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