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Latest Panda News

Aug. 25, 2013
This morning, the panda team was able to give the cub its first neonatal exam. The cub is robust, fully formed, and is a bright, healthy shade of pink.
Aug. 24, 2013
At 7:29 p.m. this evening, Mei Xiang gave birth to a second, stillborn cub. Keepers watching Mei on the panda cam saw her groom it for 17 minutes.
Aug. 15, 2013
The panda team at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has officially started #cubwatch—which is normal for this point in the breeding season.
Aug. 06, 2013
As we continue to watch Mei Xiang in hopes of a new addition to the David M.
Jul. 26, 2013
Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have confirmed a secondary rise in urinary progesterone in Mei Xiang.
Jul. 22, 2013
Giant panda fans can tune into the panda cams, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo once again.
Jun. 07, 2013
This week's giant panda update, written by keeper Marty Dearie, details how he and other keepers work with Mei Xiang and Tian Tian on training behaviors behind-the-scenes at the David M.
Apr. 17, 2013
Both Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are returning to their normal routines, following the breeding season.
Apr. 09, 2013
This week's Giant Panda Update is from Mike Maslanka, head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Zoo.
Apr. 01, 2013
Reproductive scientists and veterinarians from the Smithsonian's National Zoo alongside Tang Chunxiang, the assistant director and chief veterinarian of the China Conservation and Research Center f
Mar. 30, 2013
Spring has sprung and the giant pandas are breeding again at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Mar. 27, 2013
Breeding season has arrived!
Mar. 22, 2013
This week's giant panda news features a behavior update from keeper, Nicole MacCorkle.
Mar. 15, 2013
We are continuing to monitor Mei Xiang's hormone levels very closely, but her hormones are still at baseline.
Feb. 27, 2013
In addition to the research Zoo scientists and their Chinese colleagues conduct on giant pandas, they also study red pandas. In this update Dr.
Feb. 14, 2013
Over the next few months we'll be bringing you giant panda updates that will focus on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and the research Zoo scientists conduct related
Feb. 07, 2013
Seven days and counting. . .
Jan. 29, 2013
Mei Xiang's den has been transformed for the new breeding season! Observant panda cam viewers have no doubt seen the difference in the configuration of the barred barriers.
Jan. 18, 2013
One of the biggest questions scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) were working hand-in-hand with their colleagues in China to understand in the late 1990s was: why are p... read more