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) and a new pandc cub (male).
Visitor note: Beginning Sept. 14, 2020, Asia Trail will be closed to visitors for the scheduled repaving of walkways. Construction is expected to last approximately six months, and the following exhibits will be closed: sloth bear, fishing cats, clouded leopards, Asian small-clawed otters, red pandas, and giant pandas. Panda fans can continue to see Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their cub on the Panda Cam. Keepers are working to ensure the noise from construction does not disrupt mother and cub. If they see any signs that it bothers them, construction will move away from the Giant Panda House.
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.