The cuteness continues: Little Bao Bao makes her big zoo debut

This past Saturday, Vox’s favorite panda cub made her first official public appearance to her doting fans at the National Zoo. As excited as the expected 10,000 visitors must have been to catch a glimpse of the 18-pound cutie, Bao Bao was apparently unimpressed with the scene and spent most of the time snoozing. This […]

National Zoo names baby panda, injects cuteness into national media

Oh my gosh sooo cutteeeeeee. The National Zoo’s pandas have gone through a lot this year. The panda mother Mei Xiang went into labor and gave birth to a female cub. For a while nobody knew who the cub’s father was. They (and Vox, who can never pry his eyes away from the panda cam) have also braved […]

Remix Your Weekend: Thanks for bringing back the pandas, John Boehner

Bethesda Arts Row Festival: Now in its 16th year and featuring the work of over 190 juried museum artists, this is one of the most prominent arts and crafts festivals in the mid-Atlantic. Even if you’re thinking of buying original art, go and find ceramics, drawings, jewelry, paintings, photography, sculptures, and so much more on […]

District Digest: Baby panda is a girl, and smile for free coffee

New D.C. state superintendent The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has chosen D.C.’s new state superintendent after the previous one, Hosanna Mahaley Jones, stepped down to care for her husband. Director of D.C.’s parks department Jesús Aguirre was selected and will assume his new position on October Aguirre has been working in education since 2007. […]

National Zoo and Washington media more than a little attached to the new panda cub

Stop everything. In what is easily the most important D.C. event of the summer, a highly endangered and damn cute mammal species has just added one more to its number. At least, that’s what the National Zoo and some Washington media outlets are making it seem like. The National Zoo’s resident panda mother Mei Xiang gave […]

Morning Digest: A new elephant and a marathon to Boston

     Memorial Day Weekend begins with a cool, rainy day with a high of 64. To masticate today: National Zoo gets new elephant: The Asian elephant Bozie arrived at the National Zoo this week and will join the three other elephants after a 30 day quarantine period. Bozie’s arrival comes after the National Zoo’s $56 […]

District Digest: Snakes at the zoo, students skip school

This week in the District, eight tentacled snakes were born at the Smithsonian National Zoo, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announces an “education crisis” in the number of students with unexcused absences, and a robbery in Dupont Circle led to a car chase. First tentacled snakes born in years at National Zoo After four years […]

Happy panda birthday

The National Zoo’s panda Tai Shan turns 3 today. China can take him back in a year, so love him while you have him. Flickr photo from user BrightStar used under a Creative Commons license

Panda Cam makes voyeurism cute again

The National Zoo is one of only five zoos in the country with giant pandas, but the zoo is a bus ride and a Metro stop away. Normally, people who just want a quick panda fix, or don’t like pretending that they’re interested in gazelles would be out of luck. Fortunately, the National Zoo website […]