Asia Trail is home to the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s most famous residents: giant pandas Tian Tian (adult male) and Mei Xiang (adult female).
Visitor note: The Giant Panda House is closed, but the upper outdoor viewing path is open. The giant pandas are most likely to be in the outdoor yards between 8-10 a.m. each day. We ask that you please be abide by social distancing guidelines and keep moving along the pathway to ensure everyone gets a chance to view the giant pandas.
Ever since the first giant pandas arrived at the Zoo in 1972, animal care staff and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have studied giant panda biology, behavior, breeding, reproduction, disease, ecology, and habitat in order to advance conservation efforts around the world. For those that can’t see the pandas in person at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat, online visitors can catch a glimpse on the Panda Cam, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Red pandas, Asian small-clawed otters, clouded leopards, fishing cats and sloth bears are the other residents along Asia Trial. Visitors can see sloth bears vacuum up mealworms from artificial termite mounds, watch fishing cats wade into pools, and observe Asian small-clawed otters scurry from the banks of a shallow stream to a roaring waterfall.