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Primates News

Welcome the Guenons!

July 31, 2015

The Zoo has a new troop of seven monkeys! It's a mixed-species group of guenons. Learn all about our new monkeys, and about guenons, in this Q&A with primate curator Meredith Bastian and keepers Alexandra Reddy and Elliott Rosenthal.

Recent News

Meet Calaya, our new western lowland gorilla!

April 14, 2015

Calaya, a western lowland gorilla, is now on exhibit at the National Zoo. Keepers describe the 12-year-old female as confident and socially-savvy. She arrived at the National Zoo from the Woodland Park Zoo on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' western lowland gorilla Species Survival Plan.

Orangutan Breeding

May 20, 2013

Kyle and Batang—our 17-year-old Bornean orangutans—have received a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan.


October 31, 2013

Nineteen-year-old female gorilla Kigali moves to the Sedgewick County Zoo.

Gorilla Group Social Structure

February 28, 2013

As our young male gorillas Kwame and Kojo mature, the social structure of the gorilla group changes and adapts.

National Zoo Gorillas are the First to Participate in Heart Disease Study

March 29, 2012

The same device used to detect early warning signs of heart disease in humans will now benefit two male sub-adult gorillas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.