How does The National Zoo care for all the different animals under its roof? Senior curator and giant panda curator at the National Zoo, Brandie Smith, is here to take questions about the Zoo's behind-the-scene's workings, animal conservation, pandas, and anything else you've always wanted to know!

As senior curator, Smith is responsible for overseeing the great cats, elephants, great apes, and more. As panda curator, she is also directly responsible for the care of the Zoo's giant pandas. She has a doctorate from the University of Maryland, where she focused especially on managing large herds of animals and also does extensive research in population genetics and the best ways for zoos to manage and care for animals.

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She'll be joining us from 11:00 a.m. - noon (Pacific time), so start asking her questions now about working with pandas, The National Zoo, herd behaviors, and the role of zoos in animal conservation and management.

Image: Giant Pandas photo by Ann Batdorf, National Zoo.