News Archive 2002
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In a post-Halloween tradition that has spanned many years, the National Zoo
will once again offer leftover pumpkins to its Asian elephants as part of
its animal-enrichment program.
Elephant Kandula Turns 1
The Zoo and FONZ host an event to celebrate the first birthday of Asian elephant
Kandula, only the fifth elephant calf in the world to be conceived through
- Mary Tanner Hired as Deputy Director of National Zoo
The Zoo is pleased to welcome Mary Tanner, who comes to the number-2 job at the
Zoo after three decades of working in Smithsonian science administration
Komodo Dragon Enclosure Opens
The Zoo debuts a new outdoor enclosure for komodo dragons Kraken and Precious.
- Dr. Sharon Deem Hired as Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Sharon Deem, a board-certified veterinarian, joins head veterinarian
Dr. Suzan Murray and resident veterinarian Dr. Carlos Sanchez to comprise
the Zoo’s veterinarian team.
Gathering Sculpture Unveiled
A new sculpture garden featuring a troop of chimpanzees has been placed next
to Think Tank. This garden gives visitors a tranquil spot to contemplate
the complex social behavior of our closest animal relations.
- 1,000th Golden Lion Tamarin Born
The one thousandth golden lion tamarin (GLT) was born in the wild this month,
thanks in part to a National Zoo-led GLT conservation program. The Zoo
initiated the GLT Conservation and Reintroduction Program in 1972, and
Zoo-bred tamarins were first reintroduced into the Atlantic coastal rainforest
of Brazil in 1984. GLT
Cub Berani Makes Outdoor Debut
The Zoo's seven-month-old Sumatran tiger cub Berani will make his outdoor
debut for media at the Great Cats exhibit.
Infant Gorilla Receives a Name
The name of the infant lowland gorilla born at the Zoo in November was announced
during a ceremony held at the Great Ape outdoor exhibit. The name, "Kojo," was
selected in a public naming contest co-sponsored by FONZ, Starbucks, and
Mix 107.3 radio.
- Increased Budget
The Zoo’s FY2002 budget has grown
to $10 million, enabling the Zoo to continue to make
improvements to its animal exhibits.
Celebrates Anniversary of Giant Pandas' Arrival
On January 10, the Zoo, FONZ, and Fujifilm will celebrate
the first anniversary of the arrival of Tian Tian and
Mei Xiang with an event at the Zoo. The celebration
will include the official naming of the panda exhibit
the Fujifilm Giant Panda