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April 2014

National Zoo’s Bear Cub and Seal Pup Are Named
The sloth bear cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Dec. 29 has been named Remi by the people who know her best—her keepers. They have been hand-rearing the cub 24 hours a day since a week after she was born, becoming her surrogate parents.
Elderly Mangabey Euthanized at the National Zoo
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is sad to report that Maude, a geriatric grey-cheeked mangabey, was humanely euthanized April 14. Maude well surpassed the typical lifespan (early 30s) of her species. She was 41 years old.

March 2014

Giant Panda Bao Bao May Start Venturing Outside This Week
Seven-month-old Bao Bao will have access to her mother Mei Xiang’s (may-SHONG) larger yard this week beginning each day around 8 a.m., weather depending. Bao Bao will be given the option to explore outside with her mother if the temperature is at least 35 degrees Fahrenheit with no precipitation. Although Bao Bao will have the option to go outside, she may decide to stay inside the panda house. It may take several weeks before Bao Bao is venturing outside with Mei Xiang regularly.
Keepers Hand-Rearing Sloth Bear Cub at the National Zoo
The decision for keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to hand-raise a female sloth bear cub instead of leaving her with her mother Khali likely saved her life. She is now very active and growing as the result of the round-the-clock care she has received for the past two-and-a-half months.
Photo Release: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Mourns Loss of Elderly Przewalski’s Horse
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s 32-year-old female Przewalski’s (Shah-VAL-skee) horse, Misha, was humanely euthanized March 12. Misha was one of three horses to arrive at SCBI in Front Royal, Va. in 1984 and the oldest Przewalski’s horse in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Program. As the most dominant mare in her herd group, she was pivotal in establishing the SCBI research program.
Dama Gazelles Born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. are celebrating the birth of three male Dama gazelles. The calves were born Feb. 18, Feb. 20 and Feb. 25. At their 24-hour neonatal exam, the first calf weighed 11 pounds and the second and third calves weighed 12 pounds each.
National Zoo’s African Lion Gives Birth to Four Cubs
March came in like a lion—four lions, to be exact— 9-year-old African lion Shera gave birth to a litter at the Great Cats exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Their delivery March 2 spanned a seven-hour period, from 8:27 a.m. to 3:17 p.m. These cubs are the second litter for Shera and the fifth for 8-year-old father, Luke. Recently, Luke also sired 10-year-old Nababiep’s two female cubs born Jan. 24.

February 2014

Celebrate American Bison and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo at 125 Years: Summer 2014
On March 2, 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill passed by both Houses that officially established the National Zoo and allocated funds for the purchase of land. To celebrate its 125th Anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is proud to bring back the animal that sparked the conservation movement and the founding of the Zoo—the great American bison. The bison exhibit is set to open in July/August of 2014.
National Zoo’s Elderly Giant Pacific Octopus Dies
Pandora, the female giant Pacific octopus at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, died yesterday. Animal care staff estimate that Pandora was about 5 years old. The median lifespan for giant Pacific octopuses is about 3 to 5 years. Pandora came to the Zoo in November 2011 when she was about 1.5 years old. She lived at the Zoo’s Invertebrate Exhibit for 27 months—longer than any of her predecessors.

January 2014

Keepers Hand Feeding Gray Seal Pup at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Animal keepers at the National Zoo have been hand feeding a female gray seal pup, born Jan. 21 at 10:21 p.m., in the holding area of the seal exhibit on American Trail. Zoo keepers, veterinarians and nutritionists have been closely monitoring the pup and her mother, Kara. Within 48 hours of her birth, the animal care team began preparations to hand feed the pup as she was not gaining weight while nursing from her mother.
DC Snowy Owl Treated by National Zoo Veterinarians
The snowy owl that has been spotted recently in the Washington D.C. area was brought to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for care early this morning after reportedly being hit by a bus in the 15th and I St. area of the District.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo Euthanized Male Cheetah
The National Zoo is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old adult male cheetah, Draco, who was humanely euthanized earlier this morning. A final pathology report will provide more information. Typically, male cheetahs in human care have a median lifespan of 10 years.
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) Announces New Board Leadership
John Ring Takes the Helm to Lead FONZ into 2014
Smithsonian's National Zoo Welcomes Lion Cubs
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Great Cats team celebrated the arrival of its first litter of African lion cubs in four years. On Jan. 24, the Zoo’s 10-year-old lion Nababiep gave birth to three cubs—two surviving—in an eight-hour period. These cubs are the third litter for Nababiep and the fourth for 8-year-old father, Luke.
Micronesian Kingfisher Chick Hatches: Total of 129 Birds in Existence
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute rung in 2014 with the hatching of the most endangered species in its collection—a Micronesian kingfisher—Jan. 1. The chick, whose sex is unknown, is the first offspring for its 8-year-old father and 2-year-old mother. This boost brings the total population of Micronesian kingfishers to 129 birds. Micronesian kingfishers are extinct in the wild.
Extended Hours at National Zoo's Giant Panda Habitat This Weekend
Giant panda cub Bao Bao will step out from behind the panda cams and meet the public this weekend at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Visitors to the Zoo will have the opportunity to see Bao Bao starting Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 a.m. The panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will open its doors to the general public (members of Friends of the National Zoo are receiving a preview from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17) for the first time since the Zoo’s panda team began a pregnancy watch for Bao Bao’s mother, Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), in July 2013.