Smithsonian to Preserve Giant Panda

The Washington Post

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History announced Monday that the body of Hsing-Hsing, the National Zoo’s beloved giant panda, will be preserved and go on display early next year.

The museum, which was given the panda’s skin and skeleton, will put him on display in its rotunda at first, then move him to a prominent place in a new Hall of Mammals that will open in 2003, a museum spokesman said.

Hsing-Hsing had enthralled visitors to the National Zoo since 1972, when he and Ling-Ling, his mate, arrived from China.