Panda Palooza 2012

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Yun Zi's on the lookout for his fans!

Panda fans are gathering for this year’s PANDA PALOOZA, March 23 to 25! The event is put together by panda enthusiasts who participate in our panda blog. Below are the details from the Panda Palooza organizers. We hope all of you can come!

Details are finalized for PANDA PALOOZA 2012! It’s time to get your reservations made at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The deadline for our discounted rate is Feb. 22. The phone number, as well as an online link with the discount code, are included in the invitation. Just email for your copy! There are a limited number of rooms available with the discount, so make sure to get your reservation in right away.

Friday evening, March 23, we’ll be getting together for an informal Meet n Greet in the bar/lounge area at the Crowne Plaza. It is always fun to greet old friends as well as meet new panda fans who are coming for their first time.

On Saturday, we go to the San Diego Zoo! Our Zoo Experience includes your Panda Palooza Pass, EARLY MORNING with our PANDAS before the Zoo opens to the public, a buffet breakfast in the Rondavel Room followed by a special talk with a panda keeper, and our private Zoo tour. Plan on joining us for a fun-filled Saturday with our beloved pandas at the Zoo alongside panda fans you’ve “met” on the blog. It is quite an experience to meet Bai, Gao, and Yun Zi for the first time “in the fur.” And just as delightful to come back and say “Hi” to them again with all the panda fans.

Saturday evening will be our Reception and Panda Celebration. We’ll have appetizers and a no-host bar and lots of panda fun. There will be awards presented, and all will have a chance to enter. We’ll have door prizes and quizzes to test your panda knowledge. The Best Black & White Attire is always fun; just dress in your best use of black & white for a chance at the award. We’ll have the Best Handmade Panda Project award again. Get your crafty side in gear and enter a personally handmade item. There are more awards we’ll share in future posts and some we’ll keep for the reception.

We’ll once again be venturing to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Sunday. What celebration is complete without seeing all the new baby ellies?! And, of course, the cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, and all the other animals at the Safari Park. It is another great day to spend with new and old panda friends.
The T-shirt for this year is posted at the pandafandom site on facebook. It can be ordered in traditional mens’ and kids’ sizes and in a ladies style as well. Same tees, same price as last year!

All the monies paid to the Zoo for our Zoo Experience go directly to the Panda Research Station!

I am eagerly looking forward to seeing EVERYONE at PANDA PALOOZA! Make sure you get your spot reserved so you can join the panda fans!

Diana S.