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Latest Panda News

Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji with an enrichment egg on Jan. 6, 2021.
Jan. 11, 2021
Spending more time out of the den presents giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji with more opportunities to explore—and play! 
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji scales the rockwork in his habitat Jan. 6, 2021.
Jan. 08, 2021
As the calendar turns to 2021, it is human nature to reflect on the moments that sparked inspiration in an otherwise challenging year. Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji gave many who follow his milestones a... read more
A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws stands on a table in the indoor panda habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo during a routine exam
Jan. 01, 2021
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji continues to explore and take on new challenges—like climbing up rockwork in the indoor habitat he shares with mother Mei Xiang. 
A close up photo of a cheetah cub's face with mouth open and tiny teeth showing
Dec. 28, 2020
From a litter of chirping cheetahs and the birth of a lovable giant panda cub to groundbreaking coral reef research and new strides in animal care, there were many milestones to celebrate this year.
A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws stands on a table in the indoor panda habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo during a routine exam
Dec. 18, 2020
This week, we saw the sassy side of our almost 4-month-old giant panda cub, Xiao Qi JI, as he let out a loud and feisty bark! 
Dec. 9 | Chief veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer examines 3.5-month-old giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji.
Dec. 11, 2020
Xiao Qi Ji is on the move! While our 3.5-month old giant panda cub is still sharpening his walking skills, he appears to be eager to explore the world around him. 
Two giant pandas, a female named Mei Xiang and a male named Tian Tian, sit side by side in the snow eating bamboo
Dec. 07, 2020
Giant pandas, icons and ambassadors for the efforts to save the species in Washington, D.C., since 1972, will continue to live at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo through the end of 2023.
Three-month-old giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji on Dec. 2, 2020 at Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Dec. 04, 2020
November was an exciting month for the Zoo's giant panda cub! He received a clean bill of health during his third veterinary exam, was named "Xiao Qi Ji" by his fans around the world and took his firs... read more
Three-month-old giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji on Dec. 2, 2020 at Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Dec. 04, 2020
That’s one small step for Xiao Qi Ji, one giant leap into our hearts. Our little giant panda cub marked yet another big milestone. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, he took his very first steps! 
a giant panda cub named Xiao Qi Ji lies sleepily on a white table
Nov. 25, 2020
In their latest update, giant panda keepers Marty Dearie and Mariel Lally reflect on the “little miracle” that is Xiao Qi JI and share details about a recent field trip where the cub spotted his dad,... read more
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 3-month-old giant panda cub (Nov. 18, 2020).
Nov. 23, 2020
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s 3-month-old giant panda cub received his name today. After five days of voting and just under 135,000 votes, the winning name is Xia... read more
The Zoo's 3-month-old giant panda cub during a vet exam Nov. 18, 2020.
Nov. 20, 2020
Big milestones are on the horizon for our giant panda cub. Tomorrow he turns 3 months old, and on Monday he’ll receive his name! (Did we mention tips the scale in double digits?) Get the update from k... read more
Giant panda cub
Nov. 16, 2020
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is asking the public to help name the male giant panda cub, now 9.2 pounds of adorable, at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda... read more
Giant panda cub on Nov. 9, 2020 during a keeper exam.
Nov. 12, 2020
Adventure time for our giant panda cub! Over the weekend, Mei Xiang brought him into their indoor habitat to practice his crawling skills while she ate bamboo. Get the update from keeper Nicole MacCor... read more
Giant panda cub at 10 weeks old.
Nov. 06, 2020
October was an exciting month for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant panda cub! His eyes and ears opened, mother Mei Xiang took him on “field trips” to explore the world outside their den and he g... read more
Giant panda cub at 10 weeks old.
Nov. 05, 2020
It’s hard to believe our giant panda cub will be 11 weeks old tomorrow! Yesterday, the panda team took quickly checked our growing cub’s weight and measurements.
The Zoo's 10-week-old giant panda cub received a pumpkin as enrichment for Halloween.
Nov. 02, 2020
On Saturday, our giant panda family got into the Halloween spirit, thanks to the talented team in our Department of Nutrition Sciences. They whipped up some not-so-spooky “snack-o-lantern” treats for... read more
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji stands on rockwork indoors with some pieces of browse (leafy branches) on nearby rocks
Nov. 02, 2020
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Keeper Marty Dearie measures the Zoo's 9-week-old giant panda cub.
Oct. 30, 2020
The afternoon of Oct. 28, giant panda mother Mei Xiang went outside to eat, per her new routine. The giant panda team took the opportunity to briefly weigh and measure our cub.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 2-month-old giant panda cub receives his second veterinary exam Oct. 19, 2020.
Oct. 26, 2020
If you’ve caught a glimpse of our cub on the Giant Panda Cam lately, you may have noticed that he likes to sleep on his back. It’s very cute to watch! 
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 2-month-old giant panda cub receives his second veterinary exam Oct. 19, 2020.
Oct. 22, 2020
It’s official—our giant panda cub is as round as he is long, received his first vaccine and is 100% adorable. 
Giant panda cub during its keeper exam Oct. 14, 2020.
Oct. 19, 2020
Although our giant panda cub is still perfecting his crawling skills, mother Mei Xiang is helping her son see the world beyond their den. Over the weekend, the pair took a brief “field trip” into thei... read more
The Zoo's 7-week-old giant panda cub receives a routine check-up.
Oct. 15, 2020
Tomorrow, our giant panda cub will be eight weeks old! Mei Xiang has always been a devoted mother to her cubs, and this little guy is no exception. 
Giant panda keeper Marty Dearie measures the male giant panda cub's abdominal girth.
Oct. 08, 2020
Our 6-week-old giant panda cub is packing on the pounds! Get the scoop on his weekly weigh-in from assistant curator Laurie Thompson. 
A 6-week-old giant panda cub with black-and-white markings, small claws and a light layer of fur rests on a yellow towel
Oct. 05, 2020
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 6-week-old giant panda cub is a male, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists confirmed. During the cub’s first veterinary exam Sept. 19, Zoo veterinaria... read more