May 27, 2014 — As part of the zoo's animal enrichment program, otters and orangutans take up musical instruments.
Dec 1, 2013 — The cub is 100 days old today, which is when pandas are traditionally given a name. The name Bao Bao, which means precious or treasure, was chosen by the masses, who picked between five names.
Nov 14, 2013 — NPR ran five stores on the giant pandas in Washington's National Zoo during its coverage of last month's government shutdown. It then ran a sixth story on them last week. What gives? Does anyone in the rest of the country really care about the capital's pandas? An NPR editor responds.
Nov 6, 2013 — The Smithsonian's National Zoo has proposed five possible names for the female cub born this summer. Voting is already underway.
Sep 5, 2013 — It's taken about two weeks for tests to confirm the cub's gender. She was born Aug. 23 had is said to have a healthy, "fat little belly." As for her name, that won't be chosen until around Thanksgiving.
Aug 25, 2013 — Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo, who were elated to report Friday that giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a cub, added a sad note Saturday with the news of a second cub, which was stillborn.
Aug 8, 2013 — Four-year-old Damai is "being a great mom, and is nursing and grooming both cubs," zoo officials say. There was no immediate word on the sex of the cubs.
Sep 24, 2012 — Less than a week old, the cub died on Sunday at Washington's National Zoo. Preliminary examinations indicate that some of its liver had hardened and that it had a build-up of fluid in the abdomen. Also, officials believe it was likely a female.
Sep 23, 2012 — Sounds of distress from the cub's mother, Mei Xiang, alerted panda-keepers, but it was too late. The cause of death is not yet known.
Sep 18, 2012 — When "butter stick" was born in 2005, NPR's Kitty Eisele was among the many who were mesmerized as the National Zoo's panda cam showed his progress. This week, another cub's been born. So panda fans such as Kitty are back at their computers to watch.