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June 2016

06/29/2016
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.
06/27/2016
Photo Release: Maned Wolves are Back on Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently welcomed two new residents to its Cheetah Conservation Station: maned wolves. The 2-year-old brothers named Mateo and Quito hail from the Denver Zoo.
06/21/2016
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.
06/17/2016
Smithsonian Coral Study Highlights Devastating Effects of Bleaching on Assisted Reproduction
Not even pioneering assisted-reproduction techniques can bolster the odds of successful reproduction in bleached coral reefs, according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the University of Hawaii.
06/16/2016
Male Sloth Bear at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Has Died
The National Zoo’s senior male sloth bear, 25-year-old Francois, was humanely euthanized yesterday.
06/14/2016
Bornean Orangutan at Smithsonian’s National Zoo Is Pregnant
For the first time in 25 years, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of an endangered Bornean orangutan.
06/09/2016
Photo Release: Elephant Cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Gets an Upgrade
Virtual visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will now be able to see its herd of six Asian elephants up-close.
06/08/2016
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.

May 2016

05/31/2016
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.
05/27/2016
Photo Release: “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” Opens at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
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.
05/11/2016
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.
05/10/2016
Photo Release: Red Pandas Debut on Asia Trail at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s red panda habitat on Asia Trail reopened to the public Tuesday, May 10. Tusa (male) and Asa (female) explored their new home which has a brand new “retreat.”
05/09/2016
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.
05/02/2016
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.

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