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Giant panda News Archive

Aug. 23, 2014
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bao Bao's first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony.
Aug. 19, 2014
The past year at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has been a very special one. We've been able to watch Mei Xiang raise a cub from the first moments of her birth, when she was pink...
Aug. 11, 2014
Bao Bao can't stay out of the spotlight! The Smithsonian is having a showdown, giving YOU the chance to vote for the top Smithsonian icon!
Jul. 23, 2014
We celebrated Mei Xiang's birthday yesterday at the panda habitat. She turned 16 and received a special frozen treat for some extra enrichment. The next birthday we'll be celebrating is Bao Bao's!
Jul. 14, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle
May. 22, 2014
We've received many questions from our many curious panda fans! In this panda update, keeper Nicole MacCorkle answers questions we have received.What is in the paper bags that you give the pandas?
Apr. 21, 2014
It's been a busy few weeks at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. Bao Bao is now going outside with Mei Xiang regularly in the morning.
Apr. 01, 2014
It was an exciting day at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat! Bao Bao made her first excursion outside with Mei Xiang.
Mar. 31, 2014
Bao Bao may be exploring the great outdoors soon! Bao Bao will have access to her mother Mei Xiang's larger yard this week beginning each day around 8 a.m., weather depending.
Mar. 14, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Feb. 13, 2014
One of the keys to raising a healthy giant panda cub is mother's milk. Since her birth on August 23, Bao Bao has grown from 4.8 ounces to just over 20 pounds.
Jan. 31, 2014
This update was written by giant panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Jan. 15, 2014
Bao Bao is proving to be most active in the early mornings and in the midafternoon. Today she and Mei Xiang enjoyed an extended play session inside the panda house.
Jan. 10, 2014
This panda update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Jan. 06, 2014
After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting January 18.
Dec. 20, 2013
Bao Bao is becoming a master at giant panda locomotion! She climbed up on the rockwork in Mei Xiang's enclosure early Wednesday morning all by herself.
Dec. 16, 2013
Bao Bao had a busy day Friday! She was very active and spent the entire day in one of Mei Xiang's large indoor enclosures. That was the first time she has spent an entire day outside of the den!
Dec. 06, 2013
It's been a big week for Bao Bao! She got her name on Sunday, thanks to the more than 120,000 votes cast. She now weighs a whopping 12.76 pounds!
Dec. 01, 2013
After 100 days and 123,039 votes, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo received her name today. The cub's name is: Bao Bao!
Nov. 22, 2013
Today was another weigh-in day! The cub now weighs 10.8 pounds (4.9 kilos). And keepers have noticed that she is responding to the noises she hears.
Nov. 19, 2013
The panda cub is taking small steps! Over the weekend and yesterday cam watchers may have noticed that she has been able to get her hind legs underneath her and stand up.
Nov. 15, 2013
The panda cub was weighed and measured again this morning! She now weighs 9.68 pounds (4.4 kilos). She is still very round measuring 18.11 inches (46 centimeters) around her belly.
Nov. 08, 2013
Our panda cub is growing bigger and bigger! She now weighs a hefty 8.14 pounds, and her tail is starting to shrink relative to the size of her body. And keepers report that they are starting to see...
Oct. 30, 2013
This week's giant panda update was written by giant panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle.