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Giant panda News Archive

Aug. 29, 2015
Mei Xiang and her cub did well overnight! The cub is nursing, and Mei is taking excellent care of him. She did not leave the den last night, but keepers are offering her water and juice to keep her hy... read more
Aug. 28, 2015
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics confirmed that the giant panda cub born Aug. 22 at the National Zoo is male. A paternit... read more
Aug. 27, 2015
Overnight it was evident to panda keepers and veterinarians that our healthy panda cub was active and nursing appropriately throughout the night. Mei is showing proper maternal care which includes sho... read more
Aug. 26, 2015
The smaller of the two giant panda cubs born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 22, died shortly after 2 p.m. today, Aug. 26. The panda team rotated both cubs in the past 24 hours allowing each to... read more
Aug. 25, 2015
Mei Xiang has not been a willing participant in the panda team's efforts to switch the cubs since 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon. She has the larger cub in her possession. The panda team is caring for the... read more
Aug. 24, 2015
Our panda cubs are doing well but the panda team had a challenging night. When they tried to swap the cubs at 11p.m., Mei Xiang would not set down the cub she had in her possession. Consequently, the... read more
Giant panda cub in the hands of a veterinarian
Aug. 23, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute confirms one giant panda cub born at 5:35 p.m. and a second giant panda cub was born at 10:07 p.m., Aug, 22. (See a video of the secon... read more
Still from Pandacam of Mei Xiang giving birth
Aug. 22, 2015
Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub at 5:35 pm! Mei Xiang reacted to the cub by picking it up. The panda team began preparing for a birth when they saw Mei Xiang's water break at 4:32 pm and she... read more
Aug. 19, 2015
For the first time at the National Zoo, veterinarians detected something new during an ultrasound procedure this morning on giant panda Mei Xiang. They believe it is a developing giant panda fetus. Ba... read more
Aug. 10, 2015
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists have confirmed a secondary rise in giant panda Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) urinary progesterone levels. The slow rise started July 20 and indic... read more
Aug. 04, 2015
Last month Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute chief veterinarian, Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer and veterinarians from the San Diego Zoo and Hong Kong Zoo led a first-of-its-kind veterinary worksho... read more
Jun. 26, 2015
This panda update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.We still don't know if Mei Xiang is pregnant or pseudopregnant. (Remember her hormones and behavior will mimic a pregnancy even if she is pseud... read more
Bao Bao in her yard
May. 11, 2015
Bao Bao has had just over a month to explore "her" yard, and she is already picking out some favorite spots.  She often eats next to the glass on the lower viewing level.  That spot is a fav... read more
The Zoo's panda keepers pose with panda keepers in China
May. 11, 2015
As part of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's ongoing collaboration with our Chinese panda colleagues, panda keeper Becky Malinsky and I were able to spend 10 days vis... read more
Apr. 27, 2015
After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's team of repr... read more
Giant panda in yard
Apr. 27, 2015
After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang's hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's team of reproductive sci... read more
Apr. 20, 2015
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Apr. 01, 2015
Bao Bao explored her new yard for the very first time this morning! She spent over an hour outside checking out her new digs. Keepers say that she was cautious at first (which she often is with new ex... read more
Mar. 23, 2015
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.Hopefully Friday morning was the last hurrah for winter 2014-2015. While our pandas enjoy the snowy weather and all the tobogganing opportunities tha... read more
Mar. 06, 2015
This update was written by panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle. It has been nearly a week since Mei Xiang and Bao Bao were separated, and we are happy to report that they are both doing well. With any ma... read more
Mar. 03, 2015
This past weekend brought lots of news for giant pandas around the world, and our three bears at the National Zoo. China's State Forestry Administration released the results of the latest giant panda... read more
Feb. 19, 2015
It's hard to believe, but Bao Bao is almost 18 months old! Eighteen months is a big milestone for giant panda cubs because they stop nursing and start living separately from their mothers. Bao Bao sta... read more
Jan. 06, 2015
Today was Bao Bao's first time playing in the snow outside! And she was quite the little snow panda. She spent her morning tumbling down the hill in her yard, climbing and sliding down trees and pounc... read more
Nov. 25, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.We've noticed Mei Xiang and Bao Bao are spending increasing amounts of time apart from each other, and Mei is permitting Bao Bao to nurse less often.... read more
Oct. 01, 2014
Morgan Maly is a graduate student at North Carolina State University working on her master’s thesis in conjunction with Dr. Adrienne Crosier at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute studying... read more