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Three Dama Gazelles Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

March 11, 2014

The staff from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is celebrating the birth of three male dama gazelles.

Recent News

First Gray Seal Pup Born at the Zoo in 23 Years

Keepers Hand Feeding Gray Seal Pup at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

January 31, 2014

Animal keepers at the National Zoo have been hand feeding a female gray seal pup, born January 21 on American Trail. Zoo.

Zoo's first Instameet “#ZooMeet”

January 15, 2014

Get special early access to the David M. Rubenstein Giant Panda Habitat to see giant panda cub Bao Bao and meet and ask questions of her team of panda keepers and biologists.

New Degus at the Smal Mammal House

January 8, 2014

Five adult female degus just arrived at the Small Mammal House. During their entrance exams, we discovered a surprise–one was pregnant!

Weathering the Cold at the Zoo

January 7, 2014

Just like humans, some animals seem to revel in cold weather and snowfall. The animal care team closely monitors temperatures and weather to ensure the well-being of our animals.

Cheetah Health Update

December 13, 2013

We are happy to announce Granger cheetah is doing well following his surgery last week and will be joining Draco and Zabini back at Cheetah Conservation Station.

Animal Care Update

December 10, 2013

At the National Zoo, we work constantly to evaluate and improve the quality of animal care we provide. We take every concern seriously and have protocols and processes to evaluate and update our management techniques.

Sara Hallager Wins 3 AZA Awards

September 23, 2013

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) awarded National Zoo’s Acting Curator of Birds Sara Hallager with three service awards at its recent national conference in Kansas City, MO.

Socorro Doves

September 19, 2013

With the help of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the Socorro dove has returned home to Mexico! This spring Africam Safari, a zoo located southeast of Mexico City, celebrated the arrival of several Socorro doves, including two hatched here at the National Zoo

Seal Splashdown at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

June 3, 2013

Check out the five new seals featured on American Trail in the new seal habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Sloth Bear Cub Named

May 3, 2013

In a poll conducted on the Zoo’s Facebook page, 830 fans elected to name the cub Hank, a moniker that combines the cubs’ parents’ names, Hana and Francois.

Smithsonian's National Zoo to Welcome New Asian Elephant

May 3, 2013

The National Zoo will soon welcome Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant, into the Zoo's existing herd. She will be on loan from the Baton Rouge Zoo.