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October 22, 2013 11:56 ET

Great Gnus! Smithsonian's National Zoo Reopens and the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Goes Wild With National Zoo Package

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2013) - The Smithsonian's National Zoo is open and the panda cam is back online! To celebrate the great news, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, situated within walking distance to the zoo, in one of DC's most picturesque neighborhoods, presents the "National Zoo Package" offering visitors, friends and family the opportunity to see the newest giant panda addition at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Mei Xiang, one of the zoo's giant pandas, recently gave birth to a girl cub and the Marriott Wardman Park is offering guests a way to join in on the fun and meet the newest cub before she is officially named, which in Chinese tradition is 100 days after birth.

In addition to the National Zoo's baby panda-mania, zoo-goers have the opportunity to experience the new American Trail exhibit, showcasing species from the North American Wildlife, as well as two new Sumatran tiger cubs in the Great Cats exhibit. Also, guests will have the opportunity to experience the Speedwell Conservation Carousel, the newest zoo exhibit featuring fifty-eight different species under an open-air pavilion. With free admission and outdoor trails that help make up the scenic Rock Creek Park, this is an ideal way to spend the day with the family. 

Situated on sixteen beautifully landscaped acres near Connecticut Avenue, this family-friendly hotel will give guests a vacation package that includes a "Zoo Welcome Packet" complete with a detailed map of the National Zoo and plush baby panda toy, two tickets to the carousel at the National Zoo, as well as complimentary overnight self-parking.

Available year-round, with rates starting at $139 per room, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park's "National Zoo Package" is available for Thursday through Sunday. Rates are based on availability, excludes tax and gratuities. Additional terms and conditions apply. For reservations or more information, please call (888) 873-1891, or visit, refer to promotional code ARN.

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