Party Plans for Bai Yun

Little does Bai Yun know what awaits her!

Little does Bai Yun know what awaits her!

It is just around the corner! On Saturday, September 7, 2013, we will celebrate giant panda Bai Yun’s 22nd birthday! Many of you might remember that last year, on Bai’s big “21,” we were not able to give her a birthday bash as she was nestled away in her bedroom suites taking care of Baby #6, our Xiao Liwu.

We decided this year that we needed to make up for last year and give Bai a big birthday party! Our forage warehouse staff, famous for making our incredible ice cakes, is already hard at work making our girl a very special one. I know what it is going to look like, and I can tell you that the cake will be stupendous!

Steamed, mashed yams are piped onto an ice layer for a decorative touch.

Steamed, mashed yams are piped onto an ice layer for a decorative touch.

As I look back on when Bai arrived here at the San Diego Zoo on September 10, 1996, she was a five-year-old full of wonder and energy. Today, after six cubs, Miss Bai still has “it,” and she continues to delight our guests, especially when she and Mr. Wu decide to have a play bout!

We have learned so much from her over the years. I can proudly say Bai Yun truly is our ambassador for giant panda conservation at the San Diego Zoo. I hope many of you will be able to come to the Zoo’s Panda Trek and help us celebrate our beautiful Bai’s 22nd birthday. The cake will be set out around 8:30 a.m. and the birthday girl and her cub will be out to see it starting at 8:45 a.m. for Panda Cam viewers. It will certainly be a festive event!

Kathy Hawk is a senior keeper at the San Diego Zoo. Read her previous post, Pandas: The Transition.

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