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Ling Ling

  • Birth 1969 China
  • Death 30 Dec 1992 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Memorial ID 7598034

A giant Panda Bear who arrived in the United States as a symbol of United States-China detente and who quickly achieved world-wide status as the most beloved attraction along with her mate Hsing Hsing, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for many years. The giant pandas were sent to the United States as a gift from China in June 1972, two months after President Richard Milhous Nixon's historical trip to Beijing, China, as a gift, which helped to re-open contacts between the United States and China. At there first public appearance, an estimated eight thousand people stood in the rain from 30 minutes to an hour, just to see them. In the 20 years that Ling Ling spent at the National Zoo, an estimated 3 million people had visited her a year. On December 30, 1992, at the age of 23, Ling Ling was found dead in her cage. She was 23 years old. Her mate Hsing Hsing survived her by almost 7 years.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 19 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7598034
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ling Ling (1969–30 Dec 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7598034, citing Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .