National Zoo Opens American Bison Exhibit in Honor of 125th Anniversary
August 27, 2014
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is once again home to American bison, the animal that began the Zoo’s living collection in 1889 and sparked the conservation movement. The American Bison exhibit, sponsored by Continental Building Products, opens to the public Saturday, Aug. 30.
Red Panda Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
August 18, 2014
A female red panda, Shama, was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Saturday, Aug. 16. A necropsy performed later that evening revealed severe cerebral edema (swelling of the brain). Based on preliminary cytology, the swelling is attributed to encephalitis associated with a microscopic parasite.
Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project Launched
July 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced July 23 the launch of the "Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project" to strengthen rare and endangered livestock breed conservation through the preservation and study of frozen germplasm (semen and embryos), cell lines and other biomaterials from rare heritage breeds of food and fiber livestock.
National Zoo Humanely Euthanizes Elderly Macaque
July 17, 2014
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo humanely euthanized its last Sulawesi macaque, a 27-year-old male named Spock, this morning. The median lifespan for this species is about 18 years.
Four Litters of Red Panda Cubs Born at SCBI
July 2, 2014
All four red panda pairs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., successfully bred and had cubs this year. Of the 10 cubs, more born at SCBI than any other year, seven have survived.
Public Debut of Asian Elephants Maharani, Kamala and Swarna on Elephant Trails at Smithsonian's National Zoo
June 23, 2014
The National Zoo’s three new female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23)—made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the first time Monday, June 23. After arriving at the Zoo May 23, the elephants spent 30 days in quarantine per standard procedure. On loan from the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, they will join the Zoo’s herd of four Asian elephants: females Ambika (66), Shanthi (39), Bozie (38) and male Kandula (12).
Update - Invertebrate Exhibit
June 19, 2014
Thank you for expressing your appreciation for the National Zoo’s Invertebrate Exhibit and your concern about its closing. We value your feedback and would like to clarify why we have made this very difficult decision.