On April 16, the giant panda team will celebrate an enormous milestone—the 50th anniversary of our giant panda program! For giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji, another important milestone is approaching: weaning. In the wild, panda cubs typically wean between ages 18 and 24 months. At that age, they are regularly consuming bamboo and solid foods. Some may nurse occasionally, but they do so more for comfort and less for fulfilling a nutritional need.