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Giant panda News Archive

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
Giant panda Mei Xiang selects the Zhuazhou symbolizing luck and friendship on behalf of Bei Bei
Aug. 20, 2016
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bei Bei's (BAY-BAY) first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony. During a traditional Zh... read more
Aug. 09, 2016
WHAT: A traditional Zhuazhou ceremony for giant panda cub Bei Bei. (Media opportunity only. Not open to the public. Public celebration for Bei Bei, Bao Bao and Tian Tian's birthday begins at 11 a... read more
bei bei climbing a tree
Apr. 19, 2016
Bei Bei's still growing like a weed! He was 37 pounds as of March 17 and growing daily. We have started very basic training with him. The first type of training is recall training. As he grows, it wil... read more
Mei and Bei Bei at the entrance to their enclosure
Feb. 12, 2016
As some of our panda cam viewers may have noticed, we've made some changes at the panda house recently. Each giant panda requires an individualized care plan. It's been a great learning experience for... read more
Bei Bei in a box playing with balls
Jan. 21, 2016
On behalf of the entire Zoo, we'd like to thank the 7,498 people who traveled far and wide to meet Bei Bei last Saturday! The panda house is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Now that Bei... read more
two female cientists look over data
Jan. 11, 2016
Representatives from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute helped lead a Giant Panda Laboratory Diagnostic International Exchange Training workshop with staff from the China Conservation... read more
Bei Bei
Dec. 10, 2015
As of December 7, Bei Bei weighed about 16 pounds (7.32 kg). Even though he's grown exponentially over the last few months, he still won't be eating bamboo for a while. However, he has started to... read more
Bei Bei face down on a blue table cloth
Dec. 01, 2015
During a routine exam on Monday November 30, Bei Bei weighed 15 pounds (6.89 kg)! He's getting more difficult to weigh now that he is trying to climb out of the weighing tub! In stark compar... read more
Bei Bei poking his head out of a plastic basket
Nov. 18, 2015
Bei Bei is a healthy 12.5 pound boy and he's on the move. Although he took his first steps, the rock work provided more traction than the slippery floor, so it will take him a little longer to figure... read more
Bei Bei on a table
Nov. 12, 2015
This morning, Bei Bei weighed 5.35 kilograms, or 11.79 pounds. His ear canals are open, and keepers have noticed that he is starting to respond to noise. Mei Xiang has been bringing Bei Bei out o... read more
Bei Bei in a plastic bin
Nov. 04, 2015
When last weighed on Friday October 30, Bei Bei was 9.5 pounds! Since he is growing so rapidly, we know for certain that he is getting enough to eat. However, Bei Bei still occasionally fusses after h... read more