Smithsonian National Zoo

April 26, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Seven Museums to Reopen in May

The Smithsonian announced Friday that it will be reopening seven of its museums along with the National Zoo starting early May, a long-awaited and eagerly anticipated decision since the closing of all of its facilities in November 2020 due to COVID-19. The first facility to reopen will be the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven […]

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November 23, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

El Zoológico Nacional Revela el Nombre del Panda Bebé

El Zoológico Nacional Smithsonian anunció el lunes que su cachorro panda de tres meses tiene un nombre: Xiao Qi Ji. Pronunciado SHIAU-chi-ji, el nombre chino mandarín significa “pequeño milagro” en inglés, según el zoológico. Casi 135.000 personas votaron por un nombre durante el período de cinco días entre el 16 y el 20 de noviembre. […]

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November 23, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

National Zoo Announces Baby Giant Panda’s Name

The Smithsonian National Zoo announced Monday that its three-month-old giant panda cub has a name: Xiao Qi Ji. Pronounced SHIAU-chi-ji, the Mandarin Chinese name means “little miracle” in English, according to the zoo. Almost 135,000 people voted on a name during the five-day window between Nov. 16-20. The other contenders were: Fu Zai (福仔): prosperous […]

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November 17, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

National Zoo Asks for Public’s Help to Name Baby Giant Panda

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC welcomed a panda cub on Aug. 21 and is now asking for help naming him. The public can select their favorite name from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, here, on the zoo’s website with a maximum of one vote per day. The name that receives the most votes […]

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October 23, 2020 | Nicolle Schorchit

Cuteness Overload: National Zoo’s Panda Cub Undergoes Second Vet Exam

The newest giant panda cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo had his second veterinarian exam on Oct. 21. He’s a picture-perfect of panda health and has gained a little weight. From the tip of his nose to the base of his tail, the cub remained steady from last week’s measurement of 16.5 inches. His abdominal […]

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August 18, 2020 | Michelle Queen

National Zoo: We Hope to Have a Healthy Cub in the Coming Days!

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is anxiously awaiting the birth of a giant panda cub. Friday the Zoo revealed Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) appeared to be pregnant based on the results of an ultrasound. 🐼🤞 Our vets detected tissue consistent with fetal development during giant panda Mei Xiang’s ultrasound today. It's too early to tell if the […]

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July 22, 2020 | Aiesha Solomon

Smithsonian National Zoo, Air and Space Museum Reopening Friday

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center are reopening this Friday, July 24 with health precautions in place. Visitors can now order free timed-entry and parking passes online or by calling 1-800-514-3849, ext. 1. At this time, the Smithsonian is just starting their reopening phase with these two centers, […]

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