Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Zoo Atlanta Prepares For Pandamonium

A black-and-white blowout honoring four of Atlanta’s best-known celebrities will also be the final birthday bash on U.S. soil for one of the city’s most beloved superstars. On Saturday, September 19, 2009, Zoo Atlanta hosts Pandamonium, a family-sized extravaganza honoring the August and September birthdays of giant panda cub Xi Lan, 1; Mei Lan, 3; and Lun Lun and Yang Yang, both 12.

Friends around the world are invited to enjoy panda-centric activities, refreshments, crafts and special keeper talks while the guests of honor enjoy birthday surprises. Guests who arrive between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. can purchase $1 raffle tickets for a chance at one of the Zoo’s rarest and most coveted opportunities: an exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet one of the giant pandas. Raffle proceeds benefit the Give So They Stay campaign to keep giant pandas in Atlanta.

Fans who have followed the world-famous Mei Lan since her birth on September 6, 2006 are encouraged to attend, as the September 19 event will be her last American birthday party. The 3-year-old female has been recommended for an early 2010 departure for China, where she will be a new and important contributor to the global captive population of giant pandas. The Give So They Stay campaign, launched on June 17, seeks to ensure that her parents Lun Lun and Yang Yang, and, in turn, their species, continue to have a home in Atlanta.

Pandamonium is free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3; free with general admission. Special activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for event details. For news and updates on the Give So They Stay campaign, visit

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