Mei Xiang and Tian Tian at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN) have resided at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park since Dec. 6, 2000. They are the second pair of pandas to live at the Zoo. Both bears were born at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province to wild-born parents.

Mei Xiang, the female, was born on July 22, 1998 and is 12 years old. Her name means "beautiful fragrance." Tian Tian, the male, was born on Aug. 27, 1997 and is 13 years old. His name means "more and more."

Each giant panda has distinctive markings; Mei Xiang has black hip-high "stockings" extending up her hind legs, and the black band across her shoulders is wider in the middle than Tian's. Her eye patches are oval, and a pale black band runs across the bridge of her nose. She weighs 233 pounds.

Tian Tian has black "knee socks." The black band across his shoulders narrows in the middle. His eye patches are shaped like kidney beans, and he has two black dots across the bridge of his nose. He weighs 264 pounds.

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian's first offspring, and the Zoo's first surviving panda cub, Tai Shan (tie-SHON), was born on July 9, 2005. Their second surviving cub, Bao Bao, was born Aug. 23, 2013.

Tai Shan has resided in China since Feb. 4, 2010. Bao Bao will leave the Zoo and live in China when she turns four years old.
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