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April 2016

04/20/2016
Critically Endangered Red-Ruffed Lemurs Born at the National Zoo
Small Mammal House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the birth of three critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs born April 5 to 6-year-old mother Molly.
04/15/2016
Kids’ Farm Reopens Tomorrow, April 16, at the National Zoo
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo lifted its temporary quarantine on the Kids’ Farm exhibit that has been in effect since Feb. 26 after E. coli stx 1 gene bacteria was discovered in a few of the animals. After seven weeks of quarantine, no animals showed any sign of disease associated with the E. coli, and no staff had been affected.
04/13/2016
25 Scimitar-Horned Oryx To Be Reintroduced to the Wild in Chad
For the first time, scimitar-horned oryx are going to be reintroduced to the wild in Chad. Extinct in the wild since the mid-1980s, the species’ return is the result of the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the government of Chad’s Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Program. Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) will be working as part of the program to monitor the herd remotely after the reintroduction.
04/12/2016
Smithsonian-tracked “Ghost Bird” Takes Flight
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they outfitted with a satellite tag in December 2015.
04/11/2016
Black Footed Ferret Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) lost a senior male black-footed ferret following a routine procedure Wednesday, April 6.

March 2016

03/17/2016
Media Alert: National Zoo’s American Trail Exhibit Temporarily Closed
American Trail will be closed for the remainder of the day and is expected to open in the morning.
03/17/2016
National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and Central Zoo Authority of India Launch Advanced Training Program
Officials from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the Central Zoo Authority from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Republic of India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to launch an advanced professional training program focusing on zoo animal husbandry and medicine.
03/15/2016
New Head of Finance and Administration Named at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Jose Escoto has been named associate director for Finance and Administration at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., effective today. As head of Finance and Administration, Escoto will assist Zoo director Dennis Kelly in the overall planning, development and management of the Zoo’s administration, operations, human resources, safety and information technology.
03/11/2016
Photo Release: Allen’s Swamp Monkey Born at the National Zoo
Primate keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the birth of an Allen’s swamp monkey, born overnight March 9 to 9-year-old mother Layla. The baby was sired by 15-year-old father Nub Armstrong.
03/11/2016
Photo Release: Two Maned Wolf Pups Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed two maned wolf pups earlier this winter. The pups, born Jan. 3, are starting to venture out of the den where they were born.
03/10/2016
Media Advisory: Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition
This year's Easter Monday celebration features traditional Easter activities for families, such as an egg hunt, themed games and a visit from the Easter Panda. Animal keepers will host talks, feedings and 48 demonstrations highlighting a variety of species.
03/09/2016
Elderly Male Cheetah Dies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
One of the National Zoo’s adult male cheetahs, Granger, was humanely euthanized March 8. Granger was 10-and-a-half years old. The median life expectancy for male cheetahs in the wild is between six and eight years.

February 2016

02/29/2016
Kids’ Farm Temporarily Closed and Under Quarantine
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has temporarily closed the Kids’ Farm exhibit because E. coli stx 1 gene bacteria was discovered in a few of the animals. The animals are now being managed under quarantine protocols. At this time, no staff have been affected and no animals are showing any signs of disease.
02/10/2016
Media Advisory: Stamping Out Extinction Public Lecture at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The National Zoo and National Postal Museum are teaming up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife for a free public lecture on World Wildlife Day. The lecture features Nancy Stahl and Bryan Arroyo.
02/05/2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Researchers Discover Widespread Malaria Parasite in White-Tailed Deer
In a serendipitous turn of events, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners have discovered a malaria parasite, Plasmodium odocoilei, in up to 25 percent of white-tailed deer along the East Coast of the United States. The results, published Feb. 5 in Science Advances, represent the only native malaria parasite found in mammals in the Americas and the first malaria parasite found in a deer species.
02/02/2016
Male Przewalski’s Horse Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
A 16-year-old male Przewalski’s (shah-VAL-skee) horse named Frog died suddenly under anesthesia in preparation for a reproductive assessment at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).

January 2016

01/27/2016
Smithsonian Scientists Piece Together Puzzle of Dramatic Wood Thrush Decline
Climate Change and Habitat Loss During Full Migratory Cycle Play Complex Roles in Overall Population Health
01/20/2016
New Smithsonian Study Highlights Effects of the El Niño Climate Cycle on Amazonian Birds
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species.
01/07/2016
Red Pandas Return to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
After a two-year hiatus, red pandas have returned to the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Visitors can see them at the Small Mammal House, where they will live until upgrades to the red panda exhibit on Asia Trail are completed.
01/04/2016
New Amphibian Study Helps Smithsonian Scientists Prioritize Frogs at Risk of Extinction
Paper Provides Most Comprehensive Look at Panama’s Amphibian Crisis to Date