Media Advisory: Smithsonian Announces Partnership to Study Animal Migration
December 2, 2013
Press conference announcing the Partners in the Sky partnership between the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and leaders in the aviation and aerospace industries, led by Airbus Americas Inc. Together, SCBI and its partners have charted a course to unlock the mysteries of animal migration by leveraging state-of-the-art technology to create a comprehensive global animal tracking system.
Her Name Is Bao Bao!
December 1, 2013
After 100 days and 123,039 votes the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo received her name —Bao Bao— today, Sunday, Dec. 1. Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough, Ambassador Cui Tiankai from the People’s Republic of China and Assistant Secretary Kerri-Ann Jones from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs revealed her name at a ceremony celebrating the cub’s first 100 days of life. Bao Bao translates as precious or treasure in English.
¡Se llama Bao Bao!
December 1, 2013
La cría de panda gigante recibió su nombre durante la ceremonia de celebración de sus 100 primeros días
National Zoo’s Sumatran Tiger Cubs Pass Swim Reliability Test
November 6, 2013
Two Sumatran tiger cubs took a brisk doggy paddle at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo today and passed their swim reliability test. The male and female cubs, named Bandar and Sukacita (SOO-kah-CHEE-tah), were born at the Zoo Aug. 5. All cubs born at the Great Cats exhibit must undergo the swim reliability test and prove that they are ready to be on exhibit. Bandar and Sukacita were able to keep their heads above water, navigate to the shallow end of the moat and climb onto dry land. Now that they have passed this critical step, the cubs are ready to explore the yard with their mother, 4-year-old Damai.
Public Asked to Determine the Giant Panda Cub’s Name
November 5, 2013
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is asking for help to name its female giant panda cub. Panda fans can vote for their favorite name on Smithsonian.com beginning today, Election Day, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. EST until Nov. 22. The winning name will be revealed at a ceremony Dec. 1, when the cub is 100 days old. It is tradition in China to celebrate when a baby turns 100 days old.