Giant Panda

One of Mei Xiang's twin panda cubs. (Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Zookeepers Optimistic About Survival Chances for Twin Pandas

Officials at the National Zoo say they’re optimistic about the chances that twin giant panda cubs will survive thanks in part to a technique developed by panda breeders in China.

08/23/2015

One of Mei Xiang's twin panda cubs. (Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo: Panda Mei Xiang Gives Birth to Twins

It’s double trouble for the National Zoo after its adult female panda gave birth to twins.

08/22/2015

(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

Photo credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo Announced When Panda Cub Will Be On Display

The National Zoo’s has announced that its panda cub, Bao Bao, will be on public display starting Jan. 18.

12/18/2013

The National Zoo's panda cub gets weighed and measured Oct. 29. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

D.C.’s Panda Cub Finally Gets Her Name

With the growing anticipation, the 100 day wait is finally over, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has finally named the female giant panda cub after receiving more than 123,000 votes online from the public — and her name is Bao Bao.

12/01/2013

Giant panda Tian Tian painting in November 2011. (Photo credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Nat’l Zoo Requests Holiday Donations for Animal Enrichment

You may remember Robert Griffin III and his fiancee receiving all the items on their wedding registry from fans this past spring. Well, now there is another opportunity to buy a D.C. celebrity gifts.

11/30/2013

The National Zoo's panda cub gets weighed and measured Oct. 29. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Giant Panda Cub Eyes Open, Spending Time Apart From Mom

The National Zoo says its female giant panda cub is growing quickly and is spending more time away from her mother.

10/31/2013

The giant panda cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo grew a lot during the 16-day federal government shutdown. During that time, the panda cam was off and the Smithsonian did not post updates or pictures on their website, Facebook or Twitter. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

VIDEO: Panda Cub Has Grown Considerably Since Shutdown Began

While the partial federal government shutdown dragged on for nearly three weeks, a lot was going on at Smithsonian’s National Zoo although it was closed.

10/20/2013

Giant Panda Cub seen near its mother. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Get Your Panda Fix If The Panda Cam Goes Dark During Shutdown

Officials say the Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda cam and all other live animal cameras will go dark in the event of a government shutdown. The zoo will be closed to visitors as well.

09/30/2013

The giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo received a clean bill of health from veterinarians at the National Zoo three and a half weeks after her birth.  It was her first full checkup. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Giant Panda Cub Fit As A Fiddle After First Full Checkup

The National Zoo’s giant panda cub has been given a clean bill of health after its first veterinarian exam.

09/18/2013

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