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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Restless Night for Bei Bei

  • Giant panda Bei Bei eating a frozen pear
    Bei Bei eats a frozen pear

Overnight, keepers observed that Bei Bei was unsettled and may have experienced some nausea. Staff came into the panda house overnight to watch him more closely. Bei Bei was thoroughly checked by a Zoo veterinarian early this morning, and he appears to be perfectly fine. He is eating well and nothing unusual was found in his habitat. The panda team will continue to monitor him closely throughout the day.