Giant Pandas at the National Zoo

ABOUT THIS STORY |  Giant pandas, native to China, are endangered. There are only about 1,600 in the wild and slightly more than 200 in captivity. Panda reproduction in captivity has been problematic despite the National Zoo's big success in 2005, when Mei Xiang gave birth to Tai Shan.


Giant panda Tai Shan is among the National Zoo's most popular attractions -- and most endangered animals -- year in and year out. (Washington Post photos.)

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The National Zoo said Wednesday that China has granted an extension of its lease of Washington's two giant pandas, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, while details of a new agreement are worked out.
 
Love, worry send Tai Shan fans to China (Post, September 29, 2010; 11:42 PM)
 
Zoo weighs a trade of two giant players: Director, eager for panda cub, says all options are on the table (Post, July 2, 2010)
 
Post Now: Zoo bear cubs' names up for vote (washingtonpost.com, May 11, 2010; 1:30 PM)
 
Devra G. Kleiman, 67: Helped create the field of conservation biology (Post, May 4, 2010)
 
For Mei Xiang, it was close, but no cigar: Pregnancy proves elusive for National Zoo's giant panda (Post, April 29, 2010)
 
National Zoo's panda -- not pregnant (washingtonpost.com, April 28, 2010; 10:35 AM)
 
Panda watchers wishing for a stork: National Zoo officials hope Mei Xiang's pregnancy test will yield positive results (Post, April 28, 2010)
 
Pick of the Peeps: Peeps dioramas serve up a candy-colored take on pop culture (Post, April 4, 2010)
 
National Zoo continues to check for signs of panda pregnancy (Post, April 1, 2010; 5:01 PM)
 
Enough panda -- embrace the octopus! (Post, March 9, 2010)
 
No signs of baby panda yet for zoo: Staff keeps Mei Xiang comfy with hopes of embryo in a few weeks (Post, March 9, 2010)
 
Who is this guy's agent? Tai Shan goes corporate. (Post, February 6, 2010)
 
For Tai Shan, a future of obscurity and sex: Panda breeding center is plain and crowded but successful (Post, February 5, 2010; 9:06 AM)
 
Recess is near -- will Barack play the game? (By Al Kamen, February 5, 2010)
 
Farewell to Washington's favorite son: With tears but no problems, zookeepers ship 'their kid' Tai Shan to breeding program in China (Post, February 5, 2010)
 
For Tai Shan, a future of obscurity and sex: Panda breeding center is plain and crowded but successful (Post, February 5, 2010)
 
Goodbyes as a bearer of good karma is borne off to China: Years of photographing Tai Shan brought woman love and community (Post, February 4, 2010)
 
John Kelly's Washington: It's enough to make a panda paternalistic (By John Kelly, February 4, 2010)
 
COMEDY REVIEW: Improv, improbably easygoing (Post, February 1, 2010)
 
In the cold, hearts melt in a last goodbye to Tai Shan: Panda's swan song elicits undying affection -- and even romance (Post, January 31, 2010)
 
For Tai Shan's keeper, a sentimental journey: Panda's lifelong caretaker has one last chore: Shepherding him to China (Post, January 30, 2010)
 
For Tai Shan, it's first class all the way: Giant panda, National Zoo entourage will fly to China aboard customized FedEx air freighter (Post, January 29, 2010)
 
Mark your calendar: Panda's departure set.: Tai Shan booked on a Feb. 4 flight, but first, a goodbye party Saturday (Post, January 26, 2010)
 
Entrances, exits and scenery changes in 2010: Area's cultural institutions to get new blood, new venues and some promising exhibitions (Post, January 17, 2010)
 
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