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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

Photo credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo Will Extend Hours for Panda Cub’s Debut

The National Zoo is extending its hours for the giant panda house this weekend as panda cub Bao Bao makes her public debut.

01/15/2014

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)

National Zoo Prepares Bao Bao for Debut

The National Zoo is preparing panda cub Bao Bao for her public debut this month.

01/06/2014

Workers return to the Washington Navy Yard.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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12/27/2013

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 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)

Voting Begins for Naming the Nat’l Zoo Panda Cub

It’s election day in Maryland and Virginia, but today also marks the first day of voting for what to name the National Zoo’s panda cub.

11/05/2013

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

The panda cub at the National Zoo in D.C. (Photo from Smithsonian National Zoo)

Panda Cub Undergoes Full Vet Exam at D.C.’s National Zoo

The panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington hit another milestone this week.

09/26/2013

File photo of the giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

VIDEO: Nat’l Zoo Panda Cub Is Now 4 Weeks Old

The National Zoo’s panda cub is four weeks old as of Friday, according to caretakers.

09/22/2013

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