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Here’s Your Chance to See Bei Bei Before Everyone Else in DC

The National Zoo is offering panda-loving Instagrammers the ultimate panda experience.

Photograph courtesy of National Zoo.

You can stop lamenting over the fact that you have to wait until January 16 to see Bei Bei and his squad of pandas. The National Zoo announced via Instagram that they will be giving 25 panda-loving Instagrammers the opportunity to see the nation’s beloved panda a month before his public debut.

Calling all panda fans! This is YOUR chance to be part of #PandaStory. 25 lucky Instagrammers will have the chance to see Bei Bei before the public debut and have a special behind-the-scenes experience! For details on our Dec. 19 #Instameet click the link in our profile. @Instagram @Smithsonian

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As a part of the #ZooMeet, you’ll not only get to see Bei Bei, but you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the David M. Rubenstein Panda Habitat and have all of your burning panda questions answered by the zoo’s panda keepers and biologists.

To be selected, you need to create a 15-second video on Instagram about why you should be selected and complete this registration form by December 7. For all the details, check out

And if you need a little inspiration before you make your #ZooMeet video, here are some Bei Bei videos:

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