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Giant panda News Archive

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
Sep. 26, 2014
This update was written by Keeper Nicole MacCorkle. Bao Bao has been introduced to the training cage! This is an important developmental step because this is where the animal care team conduct husb... read more
Aug. 23, 2014
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bao Bao's first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony. During a traditional Zhuazhou cer... read more
Aug. 19, 2014
The past year at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has been a very special one. We've been able to watch Mei Xiang raise a cub from the first moments of her birth, when she was pink a... read more
Aug. 11, 2014
Bao Bao can't stay out of the spotlight! The Smithsonian is having a showdown, giving YOU the chance to vote for the top Smithsonian icon! Now that Bao Bao has made it to the second #SIshowdown round,... read more
Jul. 23, 2014
We celebrated Mei Xiang's birthday yesterday at the panda habitat. She turned 16 and received a special frozen treat for some extra enrichment. The next birthday we'll be celebrating is Bao Bao's! She... read more
Jul. 14, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkleBao Bao is participating in regular training sessions with her keepers, but as always, only on her terms. On the days when she's focused, we make real... read more
May. 22, 2014
We've received many questions from our many curious panda fans! In this panda update, keeper Nicole MacCorkle answers questions we have received.What is in the paper bags that you give the pandas?Keep... read more
Apr. 21, 2014
It's been a busy few weeks at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. Bao Bao is now going outside with Mei Xiang regularly in the morning. She has been busy exploring, and Smithsonian Cha... read more
Apr. 01, 2014
It was an exciting day at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat! Bao Bao made her first excursion outside with Mei Xiang. Keepers said at first she was a little hesitant, but after a litt... read more
Mar. 31, 2014
Bao Bao may be exploring the great outdoors soon! Bao Bao will have access to her mother Mei Xiang's larger yard this week beginning each day around 8 a.m., weather depending. She will be given the op... read more
Mar. 14, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.Everyone here in the David M.Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is eager for spring to finally arrive. Even the pandas seem less interested in the... read more
Feb. 13, 2014
One of the keys to raising a healthy giant panda cub is mother's milk. Since her birth on August 23, Bao Bao has grown from 4.8 ounces to just over 20 pounds. She's packed on the pounds almost exclusi... read more
Jan. 31, 2014
This update was written by giant panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle.Bao Bao continues to grow steadily, and is becoming more active and inquisitive with each passing day. Therefore, keepers are maximizing... read more
Jan. 15, 2014
Bao Bao is proving to be most active in the early mornings and in the midafternoon. Today she and Mei Xiang enjoyed an extended play session inside the panda house. Bao Bao pounced on Mei's head sever... read more
Jan. 10, 2014
This panda update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.Like father, like daughter. Panda cam viewers may have noticed something interesting about Bao Bao's resting habits—she frequently sleeps... read more
Jan. 06, 2014
After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting January 18. Members of Friends of the National Zoo will be a... read more
Dec. 20, 2013
Bao Bao is becoming a master at giant panda locomotion! She climbed up on the rockwork in Mei Xiang's enclosure early Wednesday morning all by herself. She took a little tumble, but she was completely... read more