Tai Shan To Leave National Zoo Feb. 4th | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Tai Shan To Leave National Zoo Feb. 4th

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

The Smithsonian Institution says a popular young giant panda will leave Washington's National Zoo on February 4th for China. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough says Tai Shan will travel by FedEx to China along with a 3-year-old female panda from Zoo Atlanta.

The National Zoo had announced in December that Tai Shan would be sent to China for breeding. He has been one of the biggest attractions at the zoo since his birth in 2005 -- but he is property of China. China loans pandas to zoos - in Atlanta, Washington, San Diego and Memphis, Tenn. Tai Shan's parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are on a 10-year, $10 million loan that expires in December.

The last full day for visitors to see Tai Shan will be February 3rd, but the National Zoo will host a goodbye party Saturday.

WAMU 88.5

Second Annual Funk Parade To Take Over U Street

This weekend you can get funky on U Street with live music, a street festival and a parade, as tomorrow marks the second Funk Parade. Funk Parade organizers couldn't get a permit to march down U Street last year, but the crowd veered off V Street anyway to where co-founder Justin Rood always...
NPR

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Last month, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a powdered alcohol product, making both parents and lawmakers nervous. Some states have already banned powdered alcohol. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Brent Roth of Wired, who made his own powdered concoction and put it to the test.
NPR

Obama Administration Forced To Defend Strategy Against ISIS In Iraq

On this Memorial Day, the Obama administration finds itself defending its foreign policy strategy in Iraq where the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has captured the city of Ramadi.
NPR

In California, Technology Makes "Droughtshaming" Easier Than Ever

As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.