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Photo Release: New Western Lowland Gorilla on Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

April 9, 2015

Calaya, a western lowland gorilla, is now on exhibit at the National Zoo. Keepers describe the 12-year-old female as confident and socially-savvy. She arrived at the National Zoo from the Woodland Park Zoo on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ western lowland gorilla Species Survival Plan. After arriving at the Zoo Feb. 25, Calaya spent 30 days in quarantine per standard procedure. For the past few days, keepers have been slowly introducing her to 22-year-old silverback male Baraka and females 32-year-old Mandara and 6-year-old Kibibi. Zoo visitors can see Calaya at the Great Ape House.

New Rescue Lab for Endangered Amphibians Opens in Panama

April 8, 2015

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists working together as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project (PARC) opened a new safe haven for endangered amphibians today, April 8. The state-of-the-art, $1.2 million amphibian center at STRI’s Gamboa field station is the largest amphibian conservation facility of its kind in the world.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Andean Bear Brothers Receive Names

March 26, 2015

The National Zoo's rambunctious and charismatic 19-week-old Andean bear cubs have names. English Language Press Kit Spanish Language Press Kit

New Head of Animal Care Named at the National Zoo

March 25, 2015

Brandie Smith has been named associate director of Animal Care Sciences at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective immediately.

Media Advisory: Media Advisory: Andean Bear Naming Ceremony Is March 26 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

March 24, 2015

Two male Andean bear cubs will receive their names and make their media debut; the public debut is Saturday, March 28.

Golden Frogs with Unique Skin Microbes Survive Exposure to Frog-Killing Fungus

March 18, 2015

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society by scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) found unique communities of skin bacteria on Panamanian golden frogs that survived chytridiomycosis (ki-TRID-io-MY-co-sis) infections. Chytridiomycosis is an amphibian fungal disease that has wiped out populations of many frog species around the world.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Asks Public to Name Andean Bear Cub Brothers

March 16, 2015

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, in collaboration with Univision’s ¡Despierta America!, is inviting the public to name two rambunctious and charismatic 18-week-old male Andean bear cubs. Starting today, March 16, fans can vote on the Zoo’s website for their favorite among names.

Photo Release: El Zoológico Nacional del Smithsonian le pide al público que elija los nombres para dos oseznos hermanos andinos

March 16, 2015

El Zoológico Nacional del Smithsonian, en colaboración con ¡Despierta América! de Univision, invita al público a elegir los nombres para dos revoltosos y carismáticos oseznos andinos machos de 18 semanas de edad.

Photo Release: Tamandua on Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

March 11, 2015

Meet Cayenne, a southern tamandua now on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Keepers describe the 1-year-old female as active and curious.

Newly Described Poison Dart Frog Hatched for the First Time in Human Care

March 9, 2015

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists working as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project hatched the first Andinobates geminisae froglet born in human care. The tiny dart frog species only grows to 14 millimeters and was first collected and described last year from a small area in central Panama. Scientists collected two adults to evaluate the potential for maintaining the species in captivity as an insurance population.

Giant Anteater Update

February 12, 2015

Giant anteater Maripi gave birth to a female pup the night of January 24. Keepers monitored both Maripi and her pup via a closed circuit camera. Within 48 hours keepers became concerned that the pup was not thriving.

Smithsonian's National Zoo Security Update and Planning: Statement from the Director

January 23, 2015

The Smithsonian's National Zoo's attendance varies greatly throughout the year varying from a few hundred visitors per day in January to more than 25,000 visitors per day in April. To safely and securely handle the crowds, the Zoo implements temporary access control during high traffic times.

New Timor Python Hatchlings

November 14, 2014

The Reptile Discovery Center has welcomed new timor python hatchlings. The babies are not yet on diplay but vistors can view their parents at the Zoo.