Giant Panda Bao Bao Arrives in Chengdu Onboard FedEx Boeing 777F
FedEx Panda Express, carrying the giant panda Bao Bao, lands at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in the evening of February 22
HONG KONG, February 23, 2017 –- FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), has donated the use of its extensive global transportation network to ship a giant panda from the United States to Chengdu, China.
The giant panda Bao Bao landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu Airport on February 22 at 6:59 pm onboard a custom-decaled FedEx B777 Freighter (B777F)—known as the FedEx Panda Express—from Washington D.C. in the US. Upon arrival, the panda was transported to her new home in Sichuan province, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda’s Dujiangyan City Reserve.
“It’s a great honor for FedEx Express to be able to support this latest mission by donating our expertise and resources, and to be entrusted once again with such a valuable and symbolic shipment,” said Karen Reddington, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. “We’ve assisted with giant panda shipments several times in the past and have considerable experience of managing the process, which involves months of planning and cross-disciplinary teamwork. Transporting Bao Bao is also an act of good global citizenship that leverages our unique network and specialized capabilities to help connect the world.”
Bao Bao, a three-and-a-half-year-old female panda born in August 2013 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, is the offspring of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, both currently living in the US.
FedEx provided a dedicated aircraft to bring Bao Bao’s brother Tai Shan to China in 2010, and her parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, to the United States in 2000.
More photos of the giant panda Bao Bao arriving in Chengdu are available at: https://share.agencyroad.com/message/1cbT1DrlRkmslEsUPiAQVe .
About Panda Bao Bao
Bao Bao was born at 5:32 p.m. Aug. 23, 2013, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. She has been living separately from her mother, Mei Xiang, since March 2015.
Giant pandas are solitary in the wild, and cubs separate from their mothers to establish their own territories between 18 months and 2 years old. Media who have questions about Bao Bao or the Smithsonian National Zoo’s giant panda conservation program should call the Zoo directly at +001-202-6333055 or visit www.nationalzoo.si.edu.
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