Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is home to four giant pandas: Tian Tian (adult male), Mei Xiang (adult female), Bao Bao (juvenile female), and a male cub named Bei Bei.
The pandas typically have outdoor access until 2 p.m.
The panda house, an indoor viewing area, is open to visitors from 9 a.m. We recommend arriving early to avoid large crowds and long lines.
Long lines require earlier cut-off times to ensure those waiting can enter the panda house before it closes.
Please note that all of the Zoo's animals have the option to enjoy some time away from the crowds.
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a leader in giant panda conservation.
Ever since these charismatic bears arrived at the Zoo in 1972, our animal care staff and scientists have studied giant panda biology, behavior, breeding, reproduction, and disease.
These experts are also leading ecology studies in giant panda's native habitat. Animal behavior, weather, and other factors may affect viewing. You can always watch Mei and Bei Bei on the panda cams.
Our team works closely with colleagues in China to share what we have learned about giant pandas in order to advance conservation efforts around the world. Depending on the time and the weather, the giant pandas have a choice to be outside or inside the panda house.
If you can't find all of the pandas, they may be spending time in an enclosure behind-the-scenes.
Visitors can attend a giant panda keeper talk as part of the Zoo's daily animal demonstrations. Flash photography and video with handheld devices are permitted inside the panda house.
For the safety of our visitors, the use of tripods is prohibited.