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Asia Trail News Archive

Vicki, a female sloth bear with shaggy fur and tufted ears, sniffs the air in her rocky outdoor habitat.
Nov. 14, 2023
She's spunky, engaging and loves eating bugs. Get to know this 10-year-old female sloth bear, the newest resident of the Zoo’s Asia Trail.
Assistant curator Laurie Thompson, keeper Mariel Lally and veterinarian James Steeil in the FedEx plane in front of giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji.
Nov. 09, 2023
Giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji have landed safely in China. 
Nov. 8, 2023: Giant panda Mei Xiang departs the Zoo.
Nov. 08, 2023
Giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji began their journey to China this morning. 
Sep. 18, 2023
Presentation of panda-friendly fruitsicle cakes to beloved giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji in celebration of Panda Palooza: A Giant Farewell event. 
Female giant panda Mei Xiang stands in a grassy, mulch-covered area
Sep. 06, 2023
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) will celebrate its three giant pandas before the bears depart for China later this year. Visitors are invited to join the... read more
Aug. 27, 2023
Asia Trail keepers celebrated giant panda Tian Tian’s 26th birthday with a special panda-friendly fruitsicle cake.
Giant panda Xiao Qi Ji approaches his third birthday cake.
Aug. 21, 2023
This morning, Asia Trail keepers celebrated giant panda Xiao Qi Ji’s third birthday at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. 
Aug. 14, 2023
The Smithsonian's National Zoo will celebrate "miracle cub" Xiao Qi Ji's 3rd birthday on Monday, Aug. 21.
Jul. 31, 2023
Why is giant panda Mei Xiang sleeping for longer periods, eating less and denning? After going into estrus this spring, months later, she's experiencing a pseudopregnancy—even though she did not... read more
Giant panda Mei Xiang celebrates her 25th birthday with a fruitsicle cake.
Jul. 22, 2023
Asia Trail keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., celebrated giant panda Mei Xiang’s 25th birthday.