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.
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2015
Today, Asian elephant Kandula departed for his new home at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden.