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.
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.
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- Nov. 23 | His Name is Xiao Qi Ji
- Nov. 16 | Public Can Vote to Name Smithsonian's National Zoo Giant Panda Cub
- Oct. 5 | It’s a Boy! Smithsonian's National Zoo's Giant Panda Cub Is Male
- Aug. 21 | Giant Panda Cub Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
- Aug. 14 | Veterinarians Find Fetal Tissue on Giant Panda Ultrasound
Background and FAQs
- Date of birth: Aug. 21, 2020
- Sex: Male
- Current weight: 9.2 pounds (as of Nov. 9, 2020)
How to Support
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.