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13-year-old Clouded Leopard Dies at the National Zoo

November 25, 2015

During a routine medical exam yesterday, Nov. 24, veterinarians at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo discovered that their male clouded leopard had life-threatening tumors. Keepers had noticed that Tai, a 13-and-a-half-year-old male, had been chewing gingerly on the right side of his mouth for the past week and changed his food consumption, which prompted keepers to notify the veterinarian team. A decision was made to perform an oral-health assessment and his annual health checkup simultaneously because anesthetizing animals can pose risks.

Three Geriatric Small Mammals Die

November 24, 2015

We are sad to announce the loss of three elderly small mammals, who died yesterday, Nov. 23.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Renews Giant Panda Breeding Agreement

November 19, 2015

Giant pandas, which have been icons and ambassadors for the efforts to save the species in Washington, D.C., since 1972, will continue to live at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo through the end of 2020. The new breeding agreement signed by Zoo Director Dennis Kelly and Li Qingwen, deputy secretary general of the China Wildlife and Conservation Association (CWCA), will take effect Dec. 7, 2015, through Dec. 7, 2020.

Giant Panda Cub Bei Bei Will Make His Public Debut Jan. 16, 2016

November 17, 2015

Giant panda cub Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) will go on public exhibit for the first time Jan. 16, 2016.

Female Kiwi at National Zoo Has Died

November 3, 2015

A 19-year-old female North Island brown kiwi named Nessus died Oct. 30 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. She had not exhibited any warning signs of clinical illness and was found dead in her exhibit unexpectedly at the Bird House.

Maned Wolves No Longer on Exhibit

October 26, 2015

Sadly, both of the geriatric maned wolves at the Cheetah Conservation Station recently died.

Golden Lion Tamarin Dies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

October 26, 2015

The National Zoo is sad to announce the death of 7-year-old golden lion tamarin Pepe, who died overnight at the Vet Hospital. A final pathology report will provide more information. The median life expectancy of a golden lion tamarin is 8 years in the wild.

Photo Release: Three Cheetah Cubs Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

October 23, 2015

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed three chirping cheetah cubs Friday, Oct. 16.

Goodbye, Kandula!

October 20, 2015

Today, Asian elephant Kandula departed for his new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.

New Study From Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Reveals Secrets of African Lion Reproduction

October 13, 2015

For the first time ever, zoos will have access to the most comprehensive information about female African lion reproduction as the result of an eight-year study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners. The findings were published Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, and should lead to a more stable population under human care.