America’s only twin panda cubs!

Don’t miss your chance to see two special somebodies. They’re like nobody you’ve ever seen, nor may ever see in your lifetime! We were thrilled on July 15, 2013, when Lun Lun was giving birth, but the thrill of a lifetime came just moments later... when we realized she had given birth to twins! 

Mei Lun’s and Mei Huan’s latest milestone: weaning! 
In February 2015, Mei Lun and Mei Huan graduated to a very important milestone in the life of every young mammal: weaning! In the wild, giant pandas are usually weaned and living independently from their mothers by the time they’re 2 years old. As is typical for their species, Mei Lun and Mei Huan now occupy a separate habitat from their mother, Lun Lun, who did an incredible job rearing her two adorable girls! Want to learn more about giant panda weaning? Read the full story here, or check out our Weaning FAQs.

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Why is this so special? 
Twins have only been born in the U.S. on one other occasion – more than 25 years ago, in 1987. Very little is known about giant panda twins in the wild. Wild mothers typically care for only one cub, and the other usually does not survive. Our panda twin cubs Mei Lun and Mei Huan had some help from our team of animal care professionals for their first few months until their amazing mom, Lun Lun, took over the care of both cubs full-time. 
They’re now exploring their exhibit, playing, wrestling, climbing (and falling), getting into mischief, and winning the hearts of people around the world. See America’s only twin pandas. 
Plan your visit today! They do grow up fast – get tickets now. 
A tip or two 
  • Mei Lun and Mei Huan are typically on exhibit together in either their indoor dayroom habitat or one of their outdoor habitats from Zoo opening time until the early afternoon hours. Exhibit times may be subject to change due to animal care activities. Mei Lun and Mei Huan generally go off exhibit for the day around 3 p.m. Make plans to see them during the early part of your Zoo visit!
  • If you arrive and you don’t see them, or if they’re sacked out napping (giant pandas do spend a lot of time sleeping, after all!), go check out a few of our other Zoo exhibits and then come back! 
Learn more about this endangered species.