A summer-long "
Celebration" will bring acrobatic performers, new animal exhibits and an updated giant panda area to the
Home to three giant pandas, the refreshed and rechristened
area of the zoo is expected to open in late July or early August with new Asian-themed exhibits dedicated to antelope-like Sichuan takins, raccoon-like red pandas, Mangshan pit vipers and northern Chinese leopards.
Zoo officials are hoping for a panda birth in August from 21-year-old
, who bred this spring but whose pregnancy hasn't been confirmed yet. Bai Yun, who arrived from China in 1996, has given birth to five cubs.