Mei Xiang

Bao Bao eats a frozen fruitsicle cake during her second birthday at the National Zoo in D.C. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo Celebrates Panda Cub Bao Bao’s Second Birthday

They grow up so fast! The National Zoo is celebrating giant panda cub Bao Bao’s second birthday Sunday.

08/23/2015

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

(Credit: The National Zoo)

National Zoo Vets Think Giant Panda is Pregnant Again

“Panda watch” continues after National Zoo officials say they believe the mother of nearly 2-year-old giant panda Bao Bao is pregnant again.

08/19/2015

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

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

Bao Bao. (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 on September 17, 2013.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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