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Keepers Hand Feeding Gray Seal Pup at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

Gray Seal Pup

July 2, 2014

Check here to read updates about Rona the gray seal pup!

Recent News

First Gray Seal Pup Born at the Zoo in 23 Years

January 31, 2014

Animal keepers at the National Zoo have been hand feeding a female gray seal pup, born January 21 at American Trail.

Past News

Seal Splashdown at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

June 13, 2013

Check out the five new seals featured on American Trail in the new seal habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Today’s Domestic Turkeys Are Genetically Distinct from Wild Ancestors, SCBI Researchers and Collaborators Find

November 19, 2012

Very few Americans know much about the difference between their gravy-smothered poultry and the poultry that earlier generations of Americans ate to celebrate the holiday.

SCBI Scientists Find That Humans Alter Animal Distribution on the Appalachian Trail

November 2, 2012

Every year more than 4 million people enjoy the popular Appalachian Trail, which extends from Maine to Georgia and is surrounded by forests as well as agricultural and residential development. However, just as humans depend on the land, so, too, does the native wildlife.

American Trail Opens

August 31, 2012

After five years of planning and construction, the National Zoo will open the new American Trail exhibit to the public Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon.

Scientists Find That Rain May Not Always Be a Welcome Thing to Waterbirds

June 11, 2012

Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems.

Human-Modified Habitats Shape Bird Mating Patterns

April 13, 2012

A new study suggests that changes by people in suburban environments can affect the number of breeding pairs, their selection of a mate and even shape how a species evolves.

Smithsonian Scientist Uses Innovative Method to Predict How Forests Will Change Over Time

April 6, 2012

In a paper published in this month’s issue of BioScience, a scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute explores the potential of a creative technique to look toward the future of forests.

Mad Island: Banding Begins

March 28, 2012

Every spring millions and millions of migratory birds fly non-stop across the Gulf of Mexico and make land fall at places like the TNC's Mad Island Preserve in Texas. Thanks to support from SCBI champion Helen DuBois and the Trull Foundation, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) is there to greet these tired travelers back to the United States.

Successful Trip to Cuba

March 15, 2012

Because of its size and proximity to the United States, Cuba is a critically important island for overwintering migratory birds. That means that establishing collaborations with Cuban scientists is vital to protecting our shared neotropical birds.