The excitement is mounting here at the San Diego Zoo as we await our panda cub’s naming day. The naming ceremony will be held at the Zoo on Tuesday, November 17, at 11 a.m. in our Hunte Amphitheater, located just north of the Giant Panda Research Station and across from Big Cat Trail. Special guests will be introduced and remarks from the co-head of the Zoo’s Panda Team and our board president will be made before the name is at last revealed. Please remember: the cub will not be at the ceremony, but I’m sure he’ll enjoy the video clip of the proceedings that will be made available on our Web site later that day!
We thought it would be fun for readers of our panda blog section to meet each other at the ceremony, so we’ve set aside a special seating area just for you! Look for a sign that says “Panda Fans Forever” about five rows up in the center of the amphitheater. Here’s a chance to don your favorite panda earrings, pins, sweatshirt, T-shirt, or socks—you’ll be in grand company. As a bonus (at least we hope so!), your blog moderators will be there, too! We’d love to meet some of the many panda fans we’ve been hearing from. You really are a special and caring group of people, and it’s always fun to put a face to a name. We hope you can come!