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Smithsonian's National Zoo in the News

Richmond Times Dispatchjune 17, 2013

hellbenderScientists work to save regional salamander Read more.

ABCjune 11, 2013

Clouded leopard cubsSmithsonian Conservatory Rescuing Exotic Animals From Extinction Read more and watch the video.

National GeographicMay 23, 2013

Elephant TrekSeven Energy-Smart Zoos and Aquariums Read more.

Washington PostMay 23, 2013

Bozie's arrivalNational Zoo welcomes Bozie the elephant Read more.

Huffington PostMay 22, 2013

sealNational Zoo Seals: Adorable Aquatic Mammals Make Splash In New Home Read more and watch the video.

NBC WashingtonMay 7, 2013

Andean bear cubsAndean Bears to Make Zoo Debut Read more and watch the video.

WAMUMay 3, 2013

Suzan MurrayNational Zoo Vet on Front Line Of Fight Against Pandemics Listen to the story.

WJLA ABC 7April 26, 2013

sand catSand Cat Debuts at Smithsonian's National Zoo See photos.

National GeographicMarch 28, 2013

tiny frog on a coinEndangered Frogs Get Helping Hand Read more.

WashingtonianMarch 15, 2013

letter from child to elephantCongratulations, Letter-Writing-Contest Winners Read more and see the letters.

NBC WashingtonFebruary 27, 2013

National Zoo elephantsCall on Area Students to Write Letters to Elephants Read more.

WUSA 9 February 21, 2013

Andean bear cubNational Zoo Andean Bear Cubs Are Healthy, Vets Say Read more and see photos.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams January 30, 2013

Orangutan playing with appApe apps a big hit at National Zoo Read more.

New York TimesJanuary 29, 2013

That Cuddly Kitty is Deadlier Than You Think Read more.

Huffington Post January 28, 2013

Billie Jean and cubBillie Jean, National Zoo’s Andean Bear, Carries Cubs in Mouth Read more.

Yahoo News January 23, 2013

orangutanApes Get iPads at National Zoo Read more.

National Geographic January 21, 2013

tigersCorridors Critical for India’s Big Cats Read more.

Travel PR News January 15, 2013

Kathy and kiwiSmithsonian National Zoo Keeper Kathy Brader Receives Order of Merit Read more.

Washington TimesDecember 13, 2012

Andean bear cub cam2 Andean bear cubs born at National Zoo Read more.

NBC NewsDecember 9, 2012

elephant translocationElephant Relocation Scheme Fails to Prevent Deaths Read more.

Washington PostNovember 30, 2012

ZooLightsZoo vultures acclimate to civil surroundings. Read more.

Huffington PostNovember 27, 2012

ZooLightsZoolights 2012 Brightens Up the Holidays. Read more.

Yahoo NewsNovember 26, 2012

carouselNational Zoo in DC Opens Solar-Powered 'Conservation Carousel' Featuring Endangered Species. Read more.

Washington PostNovember 24, 2012

SoyonoNational Zoo Mourns Loss of Soyono, Sumatran Tiger. Read more.

POPSCINovember 20, 2012

turkeyToday's Turkeys Are Genetically Barren Compared To Their Wild Ancestors. Read more.

NBC NewsNovember 14, 2012

scrub jay

Rare Bird Indeed: Count Reveals Scrub Jay Among Rarest in U.S. Read more.

LiveScienceNovember 13, 2012

black bear on the Appalachian Trail

Humans Alter Wildlife Along Appalachian Trail. Read more.

CBSNovember 8, 2012

tentacled snake

Bizarre Tentacled Snakes Born at National Zoo. Read more and see photos.

Around the MallOctober 30, 2012

giant panda

Pandas and the Other Animals Chill-Axing at the Zoo. Museums and Zoo Open Tomorrow. Read more.

Washington PostOctober 27, 2012

black-footed ferret

US Wildlife Agency Joins Smithsonian Conservation Education Effort with George Mason University.

DCistOctober 26, 2012

dama gazelle calf

National Zoo's New Baby Gazelle Runs Around the Yard. See photos and read more.

Northern Virginia DailyOctober 18, 2012

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation dedicates new facilities

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Dedicates New Facilities. Read more.

TIMEOctober 11, 2012

Mei Xiang

National Zoo Panda Cub Died of Lung and Liver Problems. Read more.

redOrbitOctober 3, 2012


Health of Marine Ecosystems Associated With Health of Manatees. Read more.

New York TimesSeptember 23, 2012

giant panda

Joy Turns to Despair at National Zoo as Newborn Panda Is Found Dead. Read more.

Los Angeles TimesSeptember 17, 2012

giant panda

Panda-monium! Panda Born at National Zoo. Read more and watch the video.

WJLASeptember 13, 2012

Justin Gatlin and cheetah cub

Olympic Sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin Delight in Visit With National Zoo’s Cheetah Cubs. See the photos.

Washington PostAugust 29, 2012

sea lion

National Zoo Unveils New Trail for Sea Lions, Wolves and Other Critters. Read more.

GizmodoAugust 9, 2012

app still

Smithsonian’s National Zoo: Visit Pandas Without Trekking to DC. Read more.

Washington PostJuly 26, 2012

video still

Modern Zoos Could be Creating a New Kind of Animal: Wild by Nature, Shaped by Captivity. Read more and watch the video.

DCistJuly 26, 2012

dama gazelle calf

Gazelle Born at National Zoo in Front of Visitors Struggles to Take First Steps. Read more and watch the video.


ABC NewsJuly 25, 2012

cheetah cubs

National Zoo's Ceetah Cubs to Be Named After Fastest U.S. Sprinters. Read more.

CBSJuly 24, 2012

cheetah cubs

Cheetah Cubs Frolic at Their National Zoo Debut. Watch the video.

New York TimesJuly 23, 2012


Frozen Sperm Offer a Lifeline for Coral. Read more.

Associated PressJuly 20, 2012

Cuban crocodile hatchling

After Decades, Cuban Crocodiles Born at DC Zoo.

New York TimesJuly 5, 2012

kori bustard chicks

Matchmaking at Zoos Is Rising for Threatened Species.

MyFoxDCJune 26, 2012

kori bustard chicks

Burrowing Owls and Kori Bustards Debut at National Zoo. Read more.

Associated PressJune 24, 2012


What Was He Thinking? Study Turns to Ape Intellect.

WAMU 88.5June 22, 2012


Why We Love Music: A Harmonica-Playing Elephant Explains. Read more and watch the video.

DCistJune 18, 2012

black howler monkey baby

National Zoo Wants You to Help Name Its Howler Monkey. Read more.

NBC WashingtonJune 12, 2012

fishing cat kitten

Twin Fishing Cats Born at National Zoo. Read more.

WTOPJune 7, 2012

cheetah cubs get vet exam

Cheetah Cubs at the National Zoo Get a Check-Up. Read more.

The TODAY ShowMay 28, 2012

Noah's Ark built to save frogs in peril. Watch now.

The New York TimesMay 27, 2012

To Save Some Species, Zoos Must Let Others Die. Read more.

Washington PostMay 23, 2012

After rocky start with mom, Smithsonian’s National Zoo is hand-raising 2 cheetah cubs.

LiveScienceMay 22, 2012


Female Coatis Help Unrelated Offspring Steal Food. Read more.

WUSA9May 17, 2012

Betty White

Betty White Brings “My Life At The Zoo” To Washington. Watch the video.

Washington Life MagazineMay 16, 2012


FYIDC: The Zoo’s Culinary Safari. Read more.

Washington PostMay 16, 2012

giant panda

Panda Matchmaker: Live Chat with Jon Ballou. Read the chat transcript.

Huffington PostMay 11, 2012

Asian small-clawed otters

National Zoo Welcomes 11 New Small-Clawed Otters. Read more.

Washington PostMay 3, 2012


Shanthi is a 36-year-old Asian elephant at the Smithsonian's National Zoo who is using her trunk to make music. She has taken to the harmonica, turning out tunes that have her handlers buzzing.