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Photo Release: Sea Lion Pup Debuts at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

August 26, 2016

Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo can view 2-month-old female sea lion Catalina making a splash on American Trail.

Photo Release: New Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger at Smithsonian's National Zoo

August 23, 2016

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is home to a new male Sumatran tiger. Sparky is acclimating to his new home and can be seen at the Great Cats Exhibit. The 12 year-old tiger came to the Zoo on a breeding recommendation from the Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan.

Smithsonian's National Zoo Celebrates Giant Panda Bei Bei’s First Birthday

August 20, 2016

The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bei Bei’s (BAY-BAY) first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony.

Photo Release: Scimitar-Horned Oryx Return to the Wild

August 16, 2016

Oryx are back in the wild! The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, the government of Chad and the Sahara Conservation Fund released the first scimitar-horned oryx back to their native grasslands Sunday, Aug. 14 in Chad where they had been extinct for more than 30 years.

Extinct-in-the-Wild Antelope Return to the Grasslands of Chad

August 11, 2016

Thirty years after the scimitar-horned oryx were driven to extinction, the desert antelope will return to the last-known place it existed: Chad’s Sahelian grasslands. The reintroduction—the culmination of decades of work—is being led by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), the government of Chad and their implementing partner, the Sahara Conservation Fund. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Zoological Society of London are leading post-release satelite-tracking efforts that will result in the collection of one of the most comprehensive datasets for any wildlife species returned to its native habitat.

Media Advisory: "ZooFiesta" at the National Zoo

August 11, 2016

Visitors can kick off the Smithsonian-wide Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at “ZooFiesta: Un dia de diversion animal para toda la familia,” a free event Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a variety of fun-filled family activities, including live music, authentic gourmet cuisine and educational activities about conservation in Central and South America.

Two Red Pandas Die at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

August 5, 2016

Two red pandas died at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on consecutive days, July 24 and 25.

Photo Release: First Hooded Crane Chick Born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

July 28, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) hatched its first hooded crane chick June 14. The chick was born as the result of artificial insemination. The chick is being raised by its parents and appears to be doing well. This is the first chick for Tempest (female) and Mr. Crane (male).

Rare Zebra Species Arrives at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

July 26, 2016

For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras will graze the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. Three Hartmann’s mountain zebras—two females (Yvonne and Xolani) and one male (Raylan)—came out of quarantine last week at SCBI.