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Giant Panda Cub 2020 Media Resources

  • A giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, small claws and round ears. Text on the photo reads "Xiao Qi Ji" (the cub's name) in English and Mandarin Chinese
    Nov. 23, 2020: After five days and just under 135,000 votes cast, we are thrilled to share that our 3-month-old giant panda cub’s name is Xiao Qi Ji!
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws sits on a table as veterinarians exam him during a routine check up.
    Nov. 18, 2020: The Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda cub tipped the scales at 10.4 pounds (4.72 kilograms). From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, he measured 22 inches long (56 centimeters). His abdominal girth measured 18.1 inches (46 centimeters).
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws rests lays on a table as a veterinarian exams him with a stethoscope during a routine exam.
    Nov. 18, 2020: The Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda cub received a clean bill of health from Zoo veterinarians during his third veterinary exam. They listened to his heart and lungs, checked his eyes and mouth, and tested the range of motion in his limbs. The cub also received his second canine distemper vaccine.
  • An animal keeper gently holds a young giant panda cub as it rests on a table during a routine exam. The cub has black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws.
    Nov. 9, 2020: Our giant panda cub weighed 9.2 pounds (4.21 kilograms). From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, he measured 21.2 inches long (42 centimeters). His abdominal girth measured 18.8 inches.
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur lays on a table during a routine exam.
    Nov. 9, 2020: As he approaches turning three months old Nov. 21, his upper incisors are starting to erupt at the gumline.
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws rests on a towel during a routine exam.
    Nov. 4, 2020: Throughout the exam Nov. 4, our giant panda cub was mostly quiet and sleepy. He weighed 8.4 pounds and measured 20.4 inches long from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail. His abdominal girth measured 18.5 inches.
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws rests on a towel while keepers take his measurements.
    Nov. 4, 2020: Throughout the exam Nov. 4, our giant panda cub was mostly quiet and sleepy. He weighed 8.4 pounds and measured 20.4 inches long from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail. His abdominal girth measured 18.5 inches.
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws rests on a scale during a routine veterinary exam.
    Nov. 4, 2020: Throughout the exam Nov. 4, our giant panda cub was mostly quiet and sleepy. He weighed 8.4 pounds and measured 20.4 inches long from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail. His abdominal girth measured 18.5 inches.
  • Giant panda Mei Xiang eating a pile of bamboo in her indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
    Nov. 4, 2020: Mei Xiang’s appetite has returned to normal. Both she and Tian Tian receive about 70 pounds of bamboo throughout the day and evening. She also receives leaf-eater biscuits, carrots, apples and cooked sweet potatoes.
  • Giant panda Mei Xiang eats leafeater biscuits off of a rock in her indoor habitat. A pile of bamboo for her to eat is stacked nearby.
    Nov. 4, 2020: Mei Xiang’s appetite has returned to normal. Both she and Tian Tian receive about 70 pounds of bamboo throughout the day and evening. She also receives leaf-eater biscuits, carrots, apples and cooked sweet potatoes.
  • A 10-week-old giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws climbs onto a pumpkin.
    Oct. 31, 2020: The Zoo's 10-week-old giant panda cub received a pumpkin as enrichment for Halloween. Many of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s animals receive pumpkins as a fun enrichment item on Halloween because it gives them something new to smell, touch and investigate.
  • A young giant panda cub with black-and-white fur, round ears and small claws rests near a pumpkin
    Oct. 31, 2020: The Zoo's 10-week-old giant panda cub received a pumpkin as enrichment for Halloween. Many of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s animals receive pumpkins as a fun enrichment item on Halloween because it gives them something new to smell, touch and investigate.
  • A 2-month-old giant panda cub rests on a blue towel during a veterinary exam.
    Oct. 21, 2020: The plump 2-month-old giant panda was officially as round as he was long. From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, he measured 16.5 inches. His abdominal girth measured 16.5 inches as well.
  • The Zoo's 2-month-old giant panda cub rests on a blue towel during a veterinary exam
    Oct. 21, 2020: The 2-month-old giant panda cub’s weight increased from 5.4 pounds to 6.5 pounds.
  • Two veterinarians exam a 2-month-old giant panda cub during a routine veterinary exam.
    Oct. 21, 2020: The 2-month-old giant panda cub was quite a wiggle worm while animal care staff were taking his measurements!
  • A small giant panda cub with a light layer of black-and-white fur, little ears and small claws rests on a yellow towel during a routine exam.
    Oct. 14, 2020: The 7-week-old giant panda cub was much more feisty than he has been for past exams and barked as he was being measured. His eyes and ears were fully open.
  • A 6-week-old giant panda cub with black-and-white markings, small claws and a light layer of fur rests on a yellow towel
    Oct. 14, 2020: The 7-week-old giant panda cub tipped the scales at 5.4 pounds. From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, he measured 16.5 inches.
  • A small giant panda cub with a light layer of black-and-white fur, little ears and small claws rests on a yellow towel while a veterinarian uses a measuring tape to measure its roundness
    Oct. 14, 2020: The 7-week-old giant panda cub’s biggest gain, however, was around his midsection; his abdominal girth increased to 15.9 inches!
  • A male giant panda cub at about 6 weeks old rests on a yellow towel as veterinarians use a measuring tape to measure how round it is
    Oct. 7, 2020: During the 6-week-old giant panda cub’s weekly exam, he weighed 4.5 pounds and measured 15 inches from nose to tail tip. His abdominal girth measured 13.7 inches. His eyes were beginning to open.
  • Giant panda keepers Marty Dearie and Nicole MacCorkle hold a painting created by giant panda Tian Tian to reveal that the sex of the giant panda cub is male.
    Oct. 5, 2020: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 6-week-old giant panda cub is a male, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists confirmed. A painting created by male giant panda Tian Tian, the cub’s father, was used to reveal the sex of the cub to giant panda keepers and fans online.
  • A 1-month-old giant panda cub with black-and-white markings, a thin layer of fur and small claws lays on a towel with its head resting on its paw
    Sept. 25, 2020: The 5-week-old giant panda cub napped through much of its weekly exam. The cub weighed 1,337 grams, or just under 3 pounds.
  • A 1-month-old giant panda cub with black-and-white markings, a thin layer of fur and small claws sits on a towel during a routine exam
    Sept. 25, 2020: From nose to tail tip, the 5-week-old giant panda cub measured 13.9 inches (its tail accounted for two of those inches). The cub’s abdominal girth measured 12.5 inches.
  • A veterinarian measures the length of a giant panda cub with a measuring tape. At about 1-month-old, the cub has a thin layer of black-and-white fur, tiny claws and eyes just beginning to open.
    Sept. 19, 2020: From nose to tail tip, the 4-week-old giant panda cub measured 13.4 inches (its tail accounted for two of those inches). Zoo veterinarian Dr. James Steeil noted that the cub’s eyes were closed, but the left eye was not closed as tightly.
  • A veterinarian examines a giant panda cub. At about 1-month-old, the cub has a thin layer of black-and-white fur, tiny claws and eyes just beginning to open.
    Sept. 19, 2020: Zoo veterinarian Dr. James Steeil examined the 4-week-old giant panda cub. It weighed 952 grams, or just over two pounds. The cub appeared to be healthy and strong.
  • A close-up from the live Panda Cam of a 3-week-old giant panda cub resting on the floor of its den
    Sept. 17, 2020: At 4 weeks old, the cub was quite visible on the Giant Panda Cam, especially when it was nursing or being groomed by mother Mei Xiang.
  • An animal keeper gently holds a 23-day-old giant panda cub with black-and-white markings, a thing layer of fur and its eyes still closed.
    Sept. 13, 2020: The panda team retrieved the 3-week-old cub for its first neonatal exam. It tipped the scales at 634.8 grams — just under 1.5 pounds!
  • Giant panda Mei Xiang eats sugarcane in her den, with her newborn cub nearby, on the live Panda Cam feed
    Sept. 3, 2020: At almost two weeks old, the cub’s iconic black markings around its eyes and on its ears, legs and saddle (back) were visible.
  • A close-up of giant panda Mei Xiang with her 10-day-old cub nestled under her chin from the live Panda Cam feed
    Aug. 31, 2020: In the cub’s first few days, Mei Xiang kept it mostly hidden, tucked beneath her armpit or between her forearms.
  • Giant panda Mei Xiang rests with her newborn cub tucked under her chin inside their den
    Aug. 25, 2020: In the early evening, Mei Xiang placed the cub on the floor of her den for just a few seconds, giving all of those watching the Panda Cam a fantastic view of her growing cub.
  • Giant panda Mei Xiang gives birth to a cub at about 6:35 p.m. Aug 21, 2020, on the live Panda Cam feed
    Aug. 21, 2020: Mei Xiang gave birth to a healthy cub at 6:35 p.m.

Included below are comprehensive resources for media on the giant panda cub.

Media inquiries only: ZooSCBICommunications@si.edu

Cub Updates

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo provides updates on giant panda Mei Xiang and her cub through the Giant Panda Bulletin e-newsletter. Use the slider below to view all giant panda cub updates since the cub's birth Aug. 21, beginning with the most recent update.

Videos

Media (news) outlets may use giant panda cub photos/videos for news purposes only with credit to Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Approved purposes include: print/online articles, broadcast reports and social media feeds. Below is a YouTube playlist of giant panda video content.

Press Releases

Background and FAQs

Quick Facts

  • Date of birth: Aug. 21, 2020
  • Sex: Male
  • Current weight: 9.2 pounds (as of Nov. 9, 2020)

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How to Support

Giant Panda Conservation Fund

Since these charismatic bears arrived at the Zoo in 1972, animal care staff, scientists and volunteers have studied giant panda biology, behavior, breeding, reproduction and disease. The giant panda team works closely with colleagues in China to share what they have learned about giant pandas in order to advance conservation efforts around the world. Gifts support the Zoo's goal of saving this species for generations to come.

Enrichment Trunk

Donations to the Enrichment Trunk allow keepers to purchase enrichment items and materials that directly benefit the Zoo's animals. Gifts range from $15 for chew toys, kongs, and training tools; or $50 for indestructible puzzle feeders, bulk spices, and scent extracts; to $500 or more for climbing structures and heavy-duty toys that will withstand play from larger animals, such as elephants, tigers or bears.

Panda Products

Limited-edition Panda Merch, Available for One Week Only

Get your paws on limited-edition merchandise featuring giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji! Collectable T-shirts, hoodies, notebooks and more featuring his (adorable) likeness are available now through Monday, Nov. 30. Proceeds directly support the Smithsonian and the Zoo’s animal and conservation programs.

Shop Now

Calling all panda fans and budding biologists! Expand your knowledge of these beloved black-and-white bears with fun and educational books from Smithsonian Enterprises! Proceeds from these products support the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s conservation research and help refurbish animals' habitats.

  • I Am A Panda | Wiggle the finger puppet and follow a day in the life of a giant panda. (For readers aged 0 to 3)
  • Panda | Learn about giant pandas’ habitat, favorite foods and caring for cubs. (For readers aged 0 to 3)
  • Welcome, Bao Bao | This photo- and fact-filled book will introduce kids to giant panda cub Bao Bao’s world! (For readers aged 8 and older)
  • The Animal Book | Take a trip around the world with curious creatures, from waddling penguins to leaping frogs. (For readers aged 8 and older)
  • Smithsonian Zoology: Inside the Secret World of Animals | Dramatic photography illuminates the fascinating stories behind animal adaptations. (For readers of all ages)
  • Adopt a Species | Each package comes with a cuddly plush pal, animal fact cards, fun activities and more.

Photo/Video Use

Media (news) outlets may use the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s giant panda cub photos/videos for news purposes only with credit to Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Approved purposes include: print/online articles, broadcast reports and social media feeds.

Filmmakers that wish to use giant panda cub photos/videos in a documentary must receive approval from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and the Smithsonian Film Committee. There may be a licensing fee associated with this request. Fill out the Filming Request Form here.   

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cam may not be streamed live on any non-Smithsonian website or social media platform. The Giant Panda Cam is copywritten to the Smithsonian Institution and does not fall under the Smithsonian’s Open Access policy. Media/Individuals that intend to share the Giant Panda Cam with their audiences must direct them to nationalzoo.si.edu with credit to Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Download Photos

Below are high-resolution photos available to download for media purposes. They are listed in reverse chronological order. For individual photo captions, see slideshow at the top of the page.