Panda Cub to Make Debut

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Come see the little tyke in person!

Come see the little tyke in person!

You’ve been waiting to learn when our adorable panda cub, Xiao Liwu, will make his public debut. Well, wonder no more! The official date is this Thursday, January 10, at 9:30 a.m.

Many of you have wondered why Xiao Liwu has not been seen much on Panda Cam these days. That’s because his mother, Bai Yun, has led him out into what we call the north exhibit for a few weeks now, out of our camera’s view. Now, the Panda Team feels our five-month-old cub has become confident enough to navigate around this large habitat while being admired by his adoring fans! We’ve installed a new HD camera in the north exhibit, so those not able to see him “in the fur” can continue watching his progress via Panda Cam.

Please know that the north exhibit will only be open for two hours for the first few weeks (9:30 to 11:30 a.m.) to help the cub acclimate to his many fans. As he gets more comfortable, that time will increase. Please also know that Xiao Liwu seems to like being in the exhibit’s moat, so he may be “on exhibit” but “out of sight.” However, his father, Gao Gao, and big brother Yun Zi will continue to be available for viewing in the main Panda Trek exhibits, so you are bound to see from one to four pandas on your next visit!

Debbie Andreen is a blog moderator for San Diego Zoo Global. Read her previous post, Elephant Antics.

UPDATE: Our Panda Cam will show Xiao Liwu’s employee and media preview on Wednesday, January 9, from 8 to 9 a.m.