Name chosen for baby panda at National Zoo


The Smithsonian National Zoo’s baby giant panda cub has finally received its name!

After 5 days and almost 135,000 votes, the cub has been christened Xiao Qi Ji, which translated to “Little Miracle” from Mandarin Chinese.

“Connecting people around the world with nature, whether in person or in this virtual setting, is a cornerstone of our mission to conserve and protect giant pandas for future generations,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “Like many who have followed our giant panda cub since his birth last summer, I tune in to the Giant Panda Cam from time to time. Watching Xiao Qi Ji always puts a smile on my face. We are grateful that those who share in our joy have helped us pick the perfect name for our panda cub.”

You can check in on Xiao Qi Ji anytime on the National Zoo’s Panda Cam!