I'm planning a trip to D.C for my family (husband, 9 year old child, myself) mainly to see the pandas at the zoo. The zoo website currently says the panda exhibit is closed because the female is in estrus and they're trying to breed her. Looking it up online, it appears that female pandas are in estrus only a few days. I'm hoping this means that I won't have to worry about the panda exhibit being closed when we go (the last few days in April and/or first days of May). I haven't made hotel reservations or other arrangements yet, so we could change the date if we had to now. I've also heard that a couple of years ago the zoo was under construction and some of the exhibits were closed then.
So, I guess my two questions are 1) Is the zoo still under construction? 2) Have people been able to see the pandas when they wanted to, or not in recent trips?
Any information is appreciated. Sorry for the long-winded post. Thanks!