Washington, D.C., is – of course – the capital city of the United States, founded in 1791 and full of historic monuments and buildings. Many of the museums are operated by the Smithsonian Institution and do not charge admission. This includes the National Zoo, established in 1889 which makes it one of the oldest in the U.S. One of the zoo’s most popular attractions are the pair of giant pandas, on loan from China, When I visited way back in 1975, the pandas were Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing. Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, pictured on this card, arrived in 2000. They have since given birth twice; the first baby panda was sent to China but the second is still at the National Zoo.
My nephew – Spencer – wrote this postcard during a family trip in August 2008 and mailed it to me upon their return to the Kansas City area.
Mei Xiang and Tian Tian were born at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda. They were brought to the National Zoo in December 2000 as ambassadors of conservation. A generous donation from Fujifilm helped acquire the pandas, fund panda education programs, and build the Fujifilm Giant Panda Conservation Habitat. For more information about giant pandas, visit www.nationalzoo.si.edu.
Photo by Jessie Cohen, NZP.