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Take Two from the National Zoo

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of the National Zoo are back with two exciting gifts that will show your mom what a phenomenal kid she’s raised:

If you missed lovin’ on the naked mole rats on Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. The Zoo’s adorable e-card collection is back, this time in black, white, and all sorts of cute.

This Mother’s Day, you can symbolically adopt and gift a giant panda in honor of Mom… and who doesn’t love pandas? For just $10, your mom will get a certificate of adoption, as well as a heartwarming e-card of your choice featuring this endangered, magnificent, and adorable species, and your choice of one of four mom-approved messages:

  • “Great job mom! I turned out awesome.”
  • “Thanks for always being my momma bear.”
  • “Mom, imagining life without you is unbearable.”
  • “Mom, you were right. Don’t make me say it again.”

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The National Zoo is home to three of the 12 giant pandas living in the United States today, including little Bao Bao and her parents Tian Tian and Mei Xiang, all on loan from China. Your donation benefits the conservation and support of more than 1,800 animals at the Zoo and around the world.

If your animal-adoring mom lives close to DC, gift her a night on the town she will never forget with tickets to ZooFari. (If she doesn’t, bring your BFF!)

On Thursday, May 14 from 6:30-9:30pm, Zoo fans and foodies alike can enjoy a wild experience featuring gourmet cuisine from 100+ local DC area restaurants, live music, and much more. And when you buy tickets through LivingSocial, you receive exclusive access to LivingSocial’s Lion Lounge. Special perks include specialty cocktails, craft brews, celebrity chef appearances, and, as the namesake would have it, exclusive views of the lions and tigers. All proceeds benefit the National Zoo.

Lions, and tigers, and panda bears… oh my.