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Photo credit: Devin Murphy/Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo Panda Cub Bao Bao and Mom Mei Xiang Separated

Beloved National Zoo panda cub Bao Bao may only be 18 months old, but it’s time for her mom, Mei Xiang, to be an empty-nester, the zoo says.

03/04/2015

(Credit: David Galen, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

D.C.’s Panda Cub Bao Bao Turns 18 Months Old, Nears Milestone

The National Zoo’s panda cub Bao Bao (bow-bow) turned 18 months old Monday and neared a major milestone.

02/23/2015

Bao Bao and her mother. (Photo: Abby Wood/Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Panda Cub Bao Bao Approaches Milestone of Living Separately

Giant panda cub Bao Bao is nearing a major milestone at the National Zoo and will soon begin living separately from her mother.

02/21/2015

panda cub, Bao Bao, Smithsonian National Zoo

GASP! Bao Bao Comes in 2nd Place in International Giant Panda Awards

Super fans of the National Zoo’s youngest giant panda may be feeling a little upset after Bao Bao came in second place in the “panda personality” category of the 2014 Giant Panda Zoo Awards last week.

01/28/2015

(Screenshot Courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Baby Panda Bao Bao Enjoys First Snow

Snowfall lights up the eyes of many kids, and kids-at-heart, and a new video from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo shows baby giant pandas also enjoy the white stuff.

01/06/2015

(Credit: David Galen, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Nat’l Zoo Explains Why Bao Bao is Spending Christmas Eve in a Tree

Bao Bao, the National Zoo’s beloved baby panda, is spending her Christmas Eve hiding in a tree in her enclosure after she touched a “hot wire” yesterday.

12/24/2014

Bao Bao received a special birthday cake for turning one. (Photo Credit: David Galen, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo Celebrating Panda’s First Birthday

The National Zoo in Washington threw a party Saturday in honor of the first birthday of panda cub Bao Bao.

08/23/2014

(Photo: Photo: Connor Mallon, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo To Celebrate Bao Bao’s First Birthday

It seems like just yesterday that we got the news that the National Zoo’s giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a healthy cub after months of pregnancy speculation.

08/22/2014

Bao Bao, the Giant Panda cub, is seen by the media for the first time Jan. 6, 2014 inside her glass enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., a few days before going on display to the general public. Bao Bao was born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 2, 2013. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Smithsonian’s ‘Panda Guy': Pandas Are Just Average Animals, But Your Love For Them Is Saving The World

Bill McShea is an ecologist who has worked at the National Zoo’s facility in Front Royal, Virginia, since 1986. He is also the Smithsonian’s “panda guy.”

06/06/2014

Giant panda cub Bao Bao ventured outside with her mom Mei Xiang April 1. (Photo credit: Devin Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

PHOTOS: Nat’l Zoo Panda Cub Spends Her First Morning Outside

The National Zoo’s panda cub, Bao Bao, is out and about in her mother’s outdoor enclosure for the first time Tuesday.

04/01/2014

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