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March 2015

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Andean Bear Brothers Receive Names
The National Zoo's rambunctious and charismatic 19-week-old Andean bear cubs have names. English Language Press Kit Spanish Language Press Kit
New Head of Animal Care Named at the National Zoo
Brandie Smith has been named associate director of Animal Care Sciences at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective immediately.
Media Advisory: Media Advisory: Andean Bear Naming Ceremony Is March 26 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Two male Andean bear cubs will receive their names and make their media debut; the public debut is Saturday, March 28.
Golden Frogs with Unique Skin Microbes Survive Exposure to Frog-Killing Fungus
A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society by scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) found unique communities of skin bacteria on Panamanian golden frogs that survived chytridiomycosis (ki-TRID-io-MY-co-sis) infections. Chytridiomycosis is an amphibian fungal disease that has wiped out populations of many frog species around the world.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo Asks Public to Name Andean Bear Cub Brothers
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, in collaboration with Univision’s ¡Despierta America!, is inviting the public to name two rambunctious and charismatic 18-week-old male Andean bear cubs. Starting today, March 16, fans can vote on the Zoo’s website for their favorite among names.
Photo Release: El Zoológico Nacional del Smithsonian le pide al público que elija los nombres para dos oseznos hermanos andinos
El Zoológico Nacional del Smithsonian, en colaboración con ¡Despierta América! de Univision, invita al público a elegir los nombres para dos revoltosos y carismáticos oseznos andinos machos de 18 semanas de edad.
Photo Release: Tamandua on Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Meet Cayenne, a southern tamandua now on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Keepers describe the 1-year-old female as active and curious.
Newly Described Poison Dart Frog Hatched for the First Time in Human Care
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists working as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project hatched the first Andinobates geminisae froglet born in human care. The tiny dart frog species only grows to 14 millimeters and was first collected and described last year from a small area in central Panama. Scientists collected two adults to evaluate the potential for maintaining the species in captivity as an insurance population.

February 2015

China's State Forestry Administration Released Giant Panda Census Data Earlier Today
"As the only species of bear on the IUCN red list, and an icon for species conservation, it's vital for scientists to keep monitoring the wild population of giant pandas. Every panda counts," said Steve Monfort, director of Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute.

January 2015

Golden Lion Tamarin Dies at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
We are very sad to announce the death of 6-year-old golden lion tamarin Izabel, who died at the Small Mammal House Jan. 29.
Photo Release: Bao Bao's First Time Playing in the Snow
As the year’s first blanket of snow coated the Washington, D.C. area today, giant panda Bao Bao spent much of the morning playing in it for the very first time. The sixteen month-old panda cub tumbled down the hill in her outdoor enclosure, climbed trees and pounced on her mother Mei Xiang.