The Animal Facts Editorial Team
July 24, 2023 11:05 am
Washington DC, The United States
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) have celebrated the birthday of their giant panda matriarch, Mei Xiang. Her 25th birthday was celebrated with a special panda-friendly fruitsicle.
Mei Xiang lives at the zoo’s Asia Trail habitat in the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. She lives alongside male, Tian Tian and her son, Xiao Qi Ji born in August 2020.
To celebrate her birthday the Zoo’s Department of Nutrition Science prepared a special panda-friendly fruitsicle cake topped with the number 25. The special cake was formed using apple juice. Mashed sweet potatoes, mashed carrots, apple slices and bamboo added a decorative flair to the festive treat.
She was born on July 22nd 1998 at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. Over her time at the zoo she has given birth to four surviving cubs with the latest being Xiao Qi Ji.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated 50 years of housing giant pandas in 2022. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are planned to return to China at the end of 2023 with the conclusion of the current agreement with China.
Image: © Roshan Patel, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
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