Oct. 3 and 4: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute To Host Annual Autumn Conservation Festival - CANCELLED
September 30, 2015
This weekend, Oct. 3 and 4, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., will open to the public for its annual Autumn Conservation Festival. Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Festival will allow visitors to explore the scenic facility, view endangered species—such as red pandas, maned wolves and white-naped cranes—and meet the animal keepers and world-class scientists who study them and their environments.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Study Finds Forest Giants Suffer Worst During Droughts
September 28, 2015
In a study published Sept. 28 in the journal Nature Plants, a team led by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists found that bigger trees suffer the most during droughts, regardless of location or forest type. The team, including ecologists Kristina Anderson-Teixeira and Amy Bennett from SCBI, Nathan McDowell of the University of New Mexico and Craig Allen of Los Alamos Laboratory, analyzed 40 droughts in 38 forests across the globe, searching for size-related patterns in growth and mortality responses.
First Ladies of US and People’s Republic of China Name the Giant Panda Cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
September 25, 2015
This morning, Sept. 25, the giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 22 received his name, Bei Bei (BAY-BAY), which means "precious, treasure" and is complementary to his sister's name, Bao Bao. In celebration of the state visit and as a special honor for the cub, the name was selected by First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and First Lady of the People's Republic of China, Peng Liyuan.
Weekly Giant Panda Cub Update from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
September 22, 2015
Keepers had an opportunity to weigh the 4.5 week-old giant panda cub yesterday, Sept. 21, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He weighs 2.95 pounds (1,339 grams) and has now surpassed both of his older siblings in size when they were the same age. At 4-and-a-half weeks old, Bao Bao weighed approximately 2 pounds, and Tai Shan, weighed 2.6 pounds (1,181grams).
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Receives $4.5 Million to Continue Giant Panda Program
September 17, 2015
David M. Rubenstein has pledged a second $4.5 million gift to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, funding its giant panda research and conservation program through the end of 2020. The gift will support conservation efforts in China, research on giant panda reproduction, professional training programs, upgrades to the giant panda habitat at the National Zoo, care for the pandas living at the National Zoo and continue public education about the species and conservation.
Giant Panda Cub Is Male and Sired By Tian Tian
August 28, 2015
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics confirmed that the giant panda cub born Aug. 22 at the National Zoo is male. A paternity analysis showed that Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN) is the cub’s father.
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.