Animal Care News
Zoo's first Instameet “#ZooMeet”
January 15, 2014
Get special early access to the David M. Rubenstein Giant Panda Habitat to see giant panda cub Bao Bao and meet and ask questions of her team of panda keepers and biologists.
New Degus at the Smal Mammal House
January 8, 2014
Five adult female degus just arrived at the Small Mammal House. During their entrance exams, we discovered a surprise–one was pregnant!
Weathering the Cold at the Zoo
January 7, 2014
Just like humans, some animals seem to revel in cold weather and snowfall. The animal care team closely monitors temperatures and weather to ensure the well-being of our animals.
Cheetah Health Update
December 13, 2013
We are happy to announce Granger cheetah is doing well following his surgery last week and will be joining Draco and Zabini back at Cheetah Conservation Station.
Animal Care Update
December 10, 2013
At the National Zoo, we work constantly to evaluate and improve the quality of animal care we provide. We take every concern seriously and have protocols and processes to evaluate and update our management techniques.
Sara Hallager Wins 3 AZA Awards
September 23, 2013
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) awarded National Zoo’s Acting Curator of Birds Sara Hallager with three service awards at its recent national conference in Kansas City, MO.
September 19, 2013
With the help of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, the Socorro dove has returned home to Mexico! This spring Africam Safari, a zoo located southeast of Mexico City, celebrated the arrival of several Socorro doves, including two hatched here at the National Zoo
Sloth Bear Cub Named
May 3, 2013
In a poll conducted on the Zoo’s Facebook page, 830 fans elected to name the cub Hank, a moniker that combines the cubs’ parents’ names, Hana and Francois.