Giant Panda Cub Born at National Zoo

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A male giant panda cub is born at the National Zoological Park. His parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, are on loan from the People's Republic of China for ten years. The cub will be allowed to stay at the National Zoo for two years, but then must be returned to China. Named Tai Shan, which means Peaceful Mountain in Chinese, the cub is the first to survive at the National Zoo. Upon his public debut on December 8, 2005, the cub is an immediate hit with visitors to the zoo and to his web cam site on the internet.


  • Tian Tian
  • Mei Xiang
  • Tai Shan
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.) Panda House
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Ruane, Michael E., and Debbi Wilgoren, "Tai Shan to Remain Through 2009," The Washington Post, 4/24/2007.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 9, 2005


  • Endangered ecosystems
  • Pandas
  • Reproductive biology
  • Births
  • Giant panda
  • Rare animals
  • Endangered species



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