Panda-Monium in Washington, DC

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Giant panda at the National Zoo, Washington D.C.

The month of August marks the beginning of complete panda-monium at the Hay-Adams in Washington, DC. The hotel has partnered with Saving Pandas to raise awareness of giant panda conservation. If you’re planning an incentive trip this month, consider this Discover DC Family package, which falls in line with the National Zoo’s upcoming first birthday celebration for Bao Bao, a giant panda born at the zoo as part of the Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement.

A two-night stay at the Hay-Adams promises plenty of in-room surprises and giveaways, including a free download of the Saving Pandas mobile game, which typically raises funds for Friends of the National Zoo, from August 23-September 1. Kids get a panda-themed backpack that includes a fun sightseeing book, Saving Pandas gifts and sweet treats. A special panda-themed cocktail awaits attendees in the Off The Record bar, named by Forbes.com as one of the best hotel bars in the world.

As few as 1,600 Giant Pandas survive in the mountain forests of central China; 350 live in zoos and breeding centers throughout the world where scientists such as those working with the National Zoo are striving to increase their populations.

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