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New panda habitat opens at National Zoo
Author: teddygirl | Monday November 06, 2006

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. opened a new Asia Trail exhibit in October. The $53 million renovation of 6 acres nearly doubles the size of the pandas’ space and includes areas other animals such as sloth bears. Visitors will get to be closer to the animals.

With the new exhibit, the baby panda Tai Shan and his mother Mei Xiang will get to explore the new trees, rocky grottos and shallow pools. There are new fog machines to cool the area and replicate their natural habitat in China.

The Asia Trail exhibit is the first part of a 10 year, $500 million plan to fix up the zoo. The zoo hopes to get money from Congress and private parties. Fujifilm gave $10 million to the new panda exhibit.

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