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Though the zoo had done a large harvest prior to Mr. Ostermann’s move, the procurement crew did come out to give the couple an idea what happens during a harvest.

Mr. Ostermann said the crew would likely be back next year when the bamboo has regrown. In the meantime, he said, he would be following the giant panda updates knowing his contribution makes a difference to the zoo’s nutrition team.

“We were of course extremely excited about this connection,” Mr. Ostermann said. “It’s wonderful for us to contribute in this way to the National Zoo giant panda program. When we see the pandas, see reports on the zoo, you have a much closer, direct connection.”