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VISITORS: Despite the government shutdown, the Zoo is OPEN Sunday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Jan. 22. The Smithsonian can use prior year funds still available to us to do so. We will update our status beyond Monday as soon as we know. 
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Giant Panda Update Sep 4, 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. They listened to his heart and lungs, palpated his abdomen and checked that he was able to move his forelimbs and hindlimbs. He is moving well and had a full belly. He now weighs in at 287.5 grams (about 10 ounces)! His eyes are still closed and his black markings are becoming more pronounced. #PandaStory