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Giant panda News Archive

Tian Tian Eating Bamboo
Mar. 23, 2017
Bei Bei has adjusted very well to his new habitats and life on his own. He identified a tree that he likes to sleep in, and he’s been exploring his water moat. The moat is mostly empty right now but w... read more
Giant panda Bei Bei rests and eats bamboo on a rock in his indoor habitat
Mar. 15, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Zoo has received good questions about the giant panda weaning process and recent behaviors exhibited by Bei Bei and Mei Xiang. The giant panda science and animal care team p... read more
Giant panda Bao Bao eating bamboo in China at the Dujiangyan panda base
Mar. 09, 2017
Bao Bao is settling in China at the Dujiangyan panda base. Our 16-hour direct flight aboard the FedEx Panda Express was smooth and Bao Bao did really well. She ate and slept the entire way t... read more
Bei Bei
Mar. 04, 2017
People who have been watching the panda cams have seen some big changes over the last few weeks. Bei Bei is weaning from Mei Xiang. We have heard from many worried panda fans as Mei Xiang and Bei Bei... read more
Giant panda Bao Bao sits and eats bamboo
Feb. 22, 2017
Bao Bao, her keeper Marty Dearie and Dr. Katharine Hope landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6:59 p.m. CST after a 16-hour direct flight aboard the “FedEx Panda Express,” a... read more
Giant panda Bao Bao looks out of travel crate at keeper Marty Dearie shortly after arriving in China
Feb. 22, 2017
To download videos of giant panda Bao Bao and Zoo staff interviews, see the B-roll for media playlist on YouTube. For photos, please see the Zoo's Flickr album. Giant panda Bao Bao and Zoo sta... read more
Feb. 21, 2017
Thanks to all the panda fans out there for your love and support. You make it possible for the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to save giant pandas. Here's a look back at... read more
Feb. 21, 2017
To download videos of giant panda Bao Bao and Zoo staff interviews, see the B-roll for media playlist on YouTube. For photos, please see the Zoo's Flickr album. Bao Bao (BOW-BOW), the 3 ½ year... read more
Bao Bao's birth
Feb. 16, 2017
On Aug. 23, 2013, a pink, squiggly giant panda cub named Bao Bao arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. She announced her presence with a hearty squeal to the delight of Panda Cam viewers around t... read more
Feb. 16, 2017
Bao Bao is headed to China! Take a look back at some of the most memorable moments, from her birth to her first taste of bamboo! Tune in Feb. 16 through 21 for a series of online and onsite events... read more
Bao Bao eats bamboo at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Feb. 16, 2017
Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo could spend hours watching the giant pandas, and nothing elicits quite the degree of ‘oohs’ and ‘awws’ as a panda cub. Whether munching contentedly on bamboo... read more
Giant panda Bao Bao climbs over a tree branch
Feb. 06, 2017
Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Feb. 21. FedEx, the Zoo’s official transport sponsor, will fly Bao Bao from Washington, D.C., to Chengdu, China. One keeper and... read more
Jan. 30, 2017
SOLD OUT! We know you won’t be forgetting Bao Bao anytime soon, but if you want special Bao Bao-branded gear, now is your last chance. Head to any ON-SITE Smithsonian's National... read more
Bao Bao munching on bamboo in the snow
Jan. 18, 2017
WHAT: Join the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for “Bye Bye, Bao Bao,” a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bao Bao (BOW-BOW) before she departs for... read more
giant panda bei bei in his habitat
Jan. 10, 2017
Giant panda cub Bei Bei is recovering nicely following emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage—a lemon-sized mass of chewed up bamboo. Following the successful procedure, Zoo staff returned... read more
Bei Bei
Dec. 16, 2016
As Bei Bei recovers from surgery, his diet is slowly returning to normal but he still needs to wait until he can eat bamboo. However, he continues to gain weight, and has crossed the 100-pound (45 kil... read more
giant panda rolling in the snow
Dec. 14, 2016
With temperatures dropping, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo continues to ensure that all of its animals—and visitors—are healthy and comfortable. Most of the animals at the Zoo are selected for their a... read more
Anne Gilewski, registered veterinary technician, checks giant panda cub Bei Bei's vital prior to surgery.
Nov. 25, 2016
Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant panda cub Bei Bei is stable and recovering following an emergency bowel obstruction surgery to remove a dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo. “I’m extreme... read more
Bei Bei
Nov. 21, 2016
Bei Bei is becoming more and more independent from his mother Mei Xiang every day. It is hard to believe, but the time is rapidly approaching when he will live separately from her. He has a voracious... read more
Bao Bao in her yard eating bamboo
Oct. 20, 2016
Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China in late winter, within the first few months of 2017. As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlif... read more
Oct. 20, 2016
Why is Bao Bao leaving the Smithsonian’s National Zoo? As part of the cooperative breeding program with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Co... read more
Bei Bei
Oct. 14, 2016
Our veterinary team visited the giant panda habitat last week for routine checkups on all of the pandas. Of special note in Bei Bei's check-up, the team successfully collected blood and gave him... read more
giant panda Bao Bao with corn stalk
Sep. 23, 2016
One of the defining and iconic characteristics that makes giant pandas unique among bears is their diet -- bamboo. They evolved to eat bamboo, which is a type of grass, and although it makes up about... read more
Giant Panda Bei Bei
Sep. 07, 2016
Over Labor Day weekend, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released excellent news about its Red List of Threatened Species. It upgraded the giant panda from "endangered" to "vu... read more
Mei Xiang with Zhuazhou poster for luck and friendship
Aug. 20, 2016
The Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bei Bei's first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony. During a traditional Zhuazhou ceremony, sy... read more