Chinese colleagues maintain an up-to-date studbook of these endangered animals.Our scientists developed the formula used to make breeding recommendations for the entire giant panda population in human care, ensuring that it is genetically healthy.Scientists are working to preserve 90 percent of the genetic diversity of the giant panda population in human care.

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.

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.

For more than 40 years, the Zoo has celebrated these charismatic bears by creating and maintaining one of the world's foremost panda conservation programs.

In that time, the Zoo's team - consisting of dozens of animal care staff, scientists, researchers, international collaborators and conservationists - has made great strides in saving this species from extinction by studying giant panda behavior, health, habitat, and reproduction.

Specifically, it has allowed scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute to learn about panda estrus, breeding, pregnancy, pseudopregnancy and cub development - work that is shared around the world with other institutions that also care for and breed this endangered species.Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics, have become adept at studying the genetic relatedness of pandas in human care. 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.Giant pandas are a "must see" for any Zoo visitor, and website visitors can catch a glimpse of these bears on the Panda Cam, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.Native to central China, giant pandas have come to symbolize endangered species.As few as 1,864 giant pandas live in their native habitat, while another 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world.