Sea Lion Pup Born at the National Zoo For the first time in 32 years, the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s American Trail team celebrated the arrival of a sea lion pup, born June 26 to 11-year-old mother Calli.
Smithsonian Study Reveals Precipitous Decline of Genetic Diversity in Wild Cheetahs The planet's last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners published June 21 in the journal Biological Conservation. This is in direct contrast with the population of cheetahs in zoos, which is as genetically diverse as it was 30 years ago because of cooperative and strategically managed breeding programs, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Cheetah Species Survival Plan.
Japanese Giant Salamander Dies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo A Japanese giant salamander at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo died June 6. Keepers had noticed May 25 that the 25-year-old female had been lethargic and was having difficulty maintaining buoyancy, which prompted keepers to notify the Zoo’s veterinarians. Despite treatment with antifungal and antibacterial medicines, the salamander’s condition did not improve, and veterinarians elected to humanely euthanize her.
Endangered Kiwi Chick Hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute For the first time, an egg laid by a female brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., hatched May 10. The chick is the first for parents Ngati Hine Rua (female) and Ngati Hine Tahi (male). SCBI has previously hatched eggs originally laid at other zoos. Keepers will not know the sex of the chick for several weeks.
Media Advisory: Smithsonian’s National Zoo Hosts World Oceans Day Event In honor of World Oceans Day, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is hosting a free public event June 11, featuring ocean-themed crafts, games and other activities for families. Animal keepers at the Amazonia and American Trail exhibits will host talks, feedings and demonstrations highlighting a variety of marine species.
Maned Wolf Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old female maned wolf named Uno, who died May 7. A final pathology report will provide more information, but her health had been in decline for several months due to liver and bowel disease. Despite treatment, Uno’s condition worsened last week, and animal care staff elected to humanely euthanize her based on her poor long-term prognosis. The median life expectancy of a maned wolf is about 6-and-a-half years.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo Presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” On exhibit for the first time in the Washington, D.C. region, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” from May 27 through Sept. 5. Made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches, the colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscore the need for wildlife conservation. Admission to the Zoo and this exhibit is free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.