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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.
Jul. 31, 2015
Curator Tony Barthel with Kandula
Jul. 16, 2015
Born: November 25, 2001 Sex: Male
Jul. 15, 2015
By Lauren Augustine
Jul. 01, 2015
By Lauren Augustine  
Jun. 29, 2015
Seven red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute! Our animal care team is always hopeful that new moms will raise their own cubs, but that's not always possible.
Jun. 26, 2015
This panda update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Jun. 26, 2015
Jun. 25, 2015
By Lauren Augustine
Jun. 18, 2015
By Lauren Augustine
Jun. 03, 2015
By Lauren Augustine
Male lion showing dark long mane
May. 27, 2015
What does it take to keep up with a sextuplet of juvenile African lions? In the latest Keeper Q & A, Rebecca Stites and Kristen Clark dish on the cats' quirky personalities, training triumphs,...
May. 20, 2015
This keeper update was written by Kenton Kerns.
May. 18, 2015
By Lauren Augustine
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...
May. 07, 2015
By Lauren Augustine