One week before the scheduled departure of Tai Shan for a new home in the mountains of central China, officials give us play by play of Tai Shan’s trip.
- Tai Shan will fly Feb. 4 nonstop from Dulles International Airport aboard a giant FedEx 777 F air freighter.
- The plane will be mostly empty, reserved especially for him and one other panda, and will have big black and white panda logos painted on its fuselage.
- Tai Shan, 4, is the only giant panda born at the zoo to survive beyond infancy, and his departure is breaking the hearts of panda fans across the Washington region.
- A farewell party is planned at the zoo Saturday, weather permitting, and many private goodbyes will take place in the week before he goes.