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Giant panda News Archive

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
panda cub Bei Bei held by vets
Oct. 14, 2015
On October 8, vets performed an exam on Bei Bei. He weighed in at 5.9 pounds. His eyes are now fully open and he is getting more active and rambunctious. He also received his first vaccination. B... read more
Oct. 09, 2015
Look at those toes! Our favorite panda cam shot from our #PandaStory Flickr album this week was from user partipersian.     Look at those toes! Our favorite panda cam shot f... read more
Oct. 09, 2015
Yesterday, before Bei Bei's full veterinary exam our chief veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer settled the little panda cub by massaging two pressure points at the base of his skull. And Bei Bei really seeme... read more
Bei Bei
Oct. 07, 2015
Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Thursday, October 1, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs about 5 lbs. This is an increase of a pound since he was weighed last week! Vets also di... read more
Oct. 05, 2015
The classic nose to nose nuzzle! Thanks to Janet Crouse for sharing. Post fav cam screenshots of#BeiBei˜and Mei Xiang to our#PandaStory˜Flickr group. We'll share a great one each week!  ... read more
Oct. 01, 2015
Q: What do we call a giant panda cub sneeze? A: Bei Bei choo! #PandaStory #BeiBei @michelleobama @smithsonian ​   Q: What do we call a giant panda cub sneeze? A: Bei Bei choo! #P... read more
panda cub asleep
Sep. 30, 2015
Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Monday, Sept. 28, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs 1,850 grams, or 4 lbs! Mei Xiang is spending more time out of the den, and has even been sl... read more
Bei Bei naming announcement
Sep. 25, 2015
This morning, our giant panda cub received his name: Bei Bei or 贝贝 (BAY-BAY)! Bei Bei means "precious, treasure" in Mandarin Chinese and is complementary to his sister's name, Bao Ba... read more
giant panda cub
Sep. 23, 2015
When Mei Xiang left her den to eat on Sept. 21, keepers took the opportunity to get the latest weight on our not-so-little-anymore giant panda cub. At 4.5 weeks old, the cub weighs 2.95 pounds (1,139... read more
Sep. 18, 2015
Our panda cub scrapbook is growing as quickly as he is—and that's saying something. This is one of our favorite adorable moments from the panda cams this week. This snapshot was added to the #PandaSto... read more
Sep. 17, 2015
David M. Rubenstein has pledged a second $4.5 million gift to support our giant panda conservation and research program through the end of 2020. As a result, our scientists will be able to continue al... read more
panda cub asleep on table
Sep. 16, 2015
Our giant panda cub continues to pack on the grams. As of September 14, 2015, the cub weighs 881.5 grams (1.9 pounds). He has actually grown so much that he is now too big for Mei Xiang to... read more
Sep. 15, 2015
Our cub is starting to look like a little giant panda! His black markings have come in, and his back saddle looks just like his dad's, Tian Tian. Keepers have also seen him sleeping with his paw over... read more
Sep. 11, 2015
Obsessed with the panda cams? Put your totally healthy fascination to good use and help write the newest chapter of our #PandaStory. Thanks to the panda cams sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund,... read more
Giant panda cub asleep
Sep. 09, 2015
Our panda cub is growing like a weed! He's now 1.3 pounds (601.8 grams). That's a weight gain of 58 grams overnight! In addition to packing on the grams, he is also starting to look like a little pand... read more
Sep. 08, 2015
Mei Xiang left her den Saturday afternoon to eat and drink. She ate more bamboo than during her previous excursions away from the den, which is normal. Keepers expect Mei Xiang to gradually spend more... read more
Sep. 04, 2015
Mei Xiang left her den for a few minutes Wednesday afternoon giving our veterinarians an opportunity to do a quick cub health check to ensure that he is growing and healthy. They listened to his heart... read more
Sep. 01, 2015
Mei Xiang decided to eat some sugarcane and drink dilute apple juice the keepers left for her yesterday evening around 6 p.m. Two hours later, she left the den to urinate and defecate—only the second... read more
Aug. 30, 2015
Our panda cub has been visible on the panda cams several times since yesterday. Keepers left some sugarcane for Mei Xiang in her den yesterday afternoon, and around 1 p.m. she decided to eat some! Tha... read more