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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

Mei Xiang at the National Zoo. (Credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Mei Xiang Delivers Two Cubs — One Healthy, One Stillborn

A panda at Washington’s National Zoo that has been tending to her squealing newborn cub also gave birth to a stillborn cub Saturday that wasn’t fully formed and was never alive outside the womb, a zoo official said.

08/25/2013

Photo credit: The Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo: Cheetah Mom Dead at 13

The National Zoo in Washington says its female cheetah named Tumai has died.

07/21/2013

(Connor Mallon, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

The National Zoo Gets A New Addition

A new Asian elephant has arrived at the National Zoo in Washington, reuniting her with another elephant she once lived with in Sri Lanka.

05/22/2013

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