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Red panda News Archive

Apr. 02, 2021
From salamanders to siamangs, prairie dogs to pandas, and everything in between, all Zoo animals receive veterinary care. Often, that means an animal needs to take medicine. Find out how keepers and...
Sep. 22, 2020
Animal keeper Mariel Lally shares the fluffy scoop on caring for red pandas, Zoo Guardians’ September Animal of the Month!
Sep. 18, 2020
Whether you know them as red pandas, red bear-cats, firefoxes, first pandas, lesser pandas or simply “the other pandas,” get to know these ferociously furry animals.
May. 15, 2020
It's bamboo shoot season, and the Zoo's giant pandas and red pandas are indulging in their favorite food! 
Apr. 03, 2020
From flamingo courtships to weekly weigh-ins for the African lions, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing with beastly activity behind the scenes! 
Female giant panda Mei Xiang surveys her yard at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat.
Mar. 16, 2020
Happy national panda day! Here at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Asia Trail exhibit, we are celebrating with giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, as well as our red panda pair, Asa and Jackie.
Feb. 28, 2020
Add a little sunshine to a gray winter day with a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. There’s still plenty to see from December through March. This guide will help you plan for a cold-weather...
Red panda cub being weighed.
Jun. 25, 2019
Moonlight, a 4-year-old red panda, gave birth to a cub overnight June 12 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Moonlight and the cub appear to be doing well and...
Red panda Henry at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Dec. 12, 2018
Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are mourning the loss of Henry, a 4-year-old male red panda, who died overnight Dec. 5.
Nov. 30, 2018
Did you know that red pandas have a unique way of picking up scents left by other red pandas? Get the scoop from Asia Trail keeper Mariel Lally. 
Feb. 02, 2018
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, two animals that are red and white and beloved by everyone made their debut on Asia Trail! Meet Nutmeg and her son, Jackie, who came to the Zoo from the Smithsonian...
Red panda
Oct. 12, 2017
We are sad to share that one of red panda Nutmeg’s cubs born June 14 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, was euthanized Oct. 4. Keepers rushed her to the...
A red panda cub gets weighed in a blue bucket
Jul. 21, 2017
Two litters of red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute last month within days of each other.
Jun. 30, 2017
Training sloth bears, making an otter puzzle feeder and researching red pandas by studying their poop is all in a day's work for an Asia Trail keeper. 
reddish-brown medium-sized furry mammal
May. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's red panda habitat on Asia Trail reopened to the public Tuesday, May 10.
May. 04, 2016
WHAT: Media preview of red pandas Tusa and Asa in their newly refurbished habitat on Asia Trail WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m.
Jun. 29, 2015
Seven red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute! Our animal care team is always hopeful that new moms will raise their own cubs, but that's not always possible.
Jan. 30, 2014
Red pandas Rusty and Shama have moved from the Smithsonian's National Zoo to our Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. Rusty and Shama are paired as a result of a breeding recommendation...