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The Zoo is reopening May 21! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Giant panda News Archive

Giant panda cub asleep
Sep. 09, 2015
Our panda cub is growing like a weed! He's now 1.3 pounds (601.8 grams). That's a weight gain of 58 grams overnight! In addition to packing on the grams, he is also starting to look like a little...
Sep. 08, 2015
Mei Xiang left her den Saturday afternoon to eat and drink. She ate more bamboo than during her previous excursions away from the den, which is normal.
Sep. 04, 2015
Mei Xiang left her den for a few minutes Wednesday afternoon giving our veterinarians an opportunity to do a quick cub health check to ensure that he is growing and healthy.
Sep. 01, 2015
Mei Xiang decided to eat some sugarcane and drink dilute apple juice the keepers left for her yesterday evening around 6 p.m. Two hours later, she left the den to urinate and defecate—only the second...
Aug. 29, 2015
Mei Xiang and her cub did well overnight! The cub is nursing, and Mei is taking excellent care of him. She did not leave the den last night, but keepers are offering her water and juice to keep her...
Aug. 28, 2015
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics confirmed that the giant panda cub born Aug. 22 at the National Zoo is male.
Aug. 27, 2015
Overnight it was evident to panda keepers and veterinarians that our healthy panda cub was active and nursing appropriately throughout the night.
Aug. 26, 2015
The smaller of the two giant panda cubs born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 22, died shortly after 2 p.m. today, Aug. 26.
Aug. 24, 2015
Our panda cubs are doing well but the panda team had a challenging night. When they tried to swap the cubs at 11p.m., Mei Xiang would not set down the cub she had in her possession.
Giant panda cub in the hands of a veterinarian
Aug. 23, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute confirms one giant panda cub born at 5:35 p.m. and a second giant panda cub was born at 10:07 p.m., Aug, 22.
Still from Pandacam of Mei Xiang giving birth
Aug. 22, 2015
Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at 5:35 pm! Mei Xiang reacted to the cub by picking it up. The panda team began preparing for a birth when they saw Mei Xiang's water break at 4:32 pm and...
Aug. 19, 2015
For the first time at the National Zoo, veterinarians detected something new during an ultrasound procedure this morning on giant panda Mei Xiang. They believe it is a developing giant panda fetus.
Aug. 10, 2015
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists have confirmed a secondary rise in giant panda Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) urinary progesterone levels.
Jun. 26, 2015
This panda update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Bao Bao in her yard
May. 11, 2015
Bao Bao has had just over a month to explore "her" yard, and she is already picking out some favorite spots.  She often eats next to the glass on the lower viewing level.  That spot is a favorite for...
The Zoo's panda keepers pose with panda keepers in China
May. 11, 2015
As part of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's ongoing collaboration with our Chinese panda colleagues, panda keeper Becky Malinsky and I were able to spend 10 days...
Apr. 27, 2015
After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's team of...
Giant panda in yard
Apr. 27, 2015
After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang's hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's team of reproductive...
Apr. 20, 2015
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Apr. 01, 2015
Bao Bao explored her new yard for the very first time this morning! She spent over an hour outside checking out her new digs.
Mar. 23, 2015
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Mar. 06, 2015
This update was written by panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle.