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China's State Forestry Administration Released Giant Panda Census Data Earlier Today

February 28, 2015

"As the only species of bear on the IUCN red list, and an icon for species conservation, it's vital for scientists to keep monitoring the wild population of giant pandas. Every panda counts," said Steve Monfort, director of Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute.


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.


Smithsonian's National Zoo Security Update and Planning: Statement from the Director

January 23, 2015

The Smithsonian's National Zoo's attendance varies greatly throughout the year varying from a few hundred visitors per day in January to more than 25,000 visitors per day in April. To safely and securely handle the crowds, the Zoo implements temporary access control during high traffic times.











New Timor Python Hatchlings

November 14, 2014

The Reptile Discovery Center has welcomed new timor python hatchlings. The babies are not yet on diplay but vistors can view their parents at the Zoo.



Golden Lion Tamarin Dies at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

January 30, 2015

We are very sad to announce the death of 6-year-old golden lion tamarin Izabel, who died at the Small Mammal House Jan. 29.

Photo Release: Bao Bao's First Time Playing in the Snow

January 6, 2015

As the year’s first blanket of snow coated the Washington, D.C. area today, giant panda Bao Bao spent much of the morning playing in it for the very first time. The sixteen month-old panda cub tumbled down the hill in her outdoor enclosure, climbed trees and pounced on her mother Mei Xiang.

Scientists Offer New Insights for Protecting India’s Tiger Populations

December 5, 2014

Researchers have learned that despite strong global support for tiger conservation, the survival of the species continues to be threatened. Habitat loss, poaching and isolation are all factors leading to population decline, but a team of scientists, including Robert Fleischer and Jesus Maldonado from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Bibek Yumnam and Yadvendradev Jhala of the Wildlife Institute of India, is working towards understanding limitations and enhancing the current conservation system.

Andean Bear Cubs Born at the National Zoo

November 12, 2014

The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Andean bear cubs born to 8-year-old Billie Jean Nov. 10 and 11.

Dr. Donald Neiffer Named Chief Veterinarian at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

October 24, 2014

Dr. Donald Neiffer has been named chief veterinarian of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective Oct. 20. Neiffer most recently worked as head veterinarian at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Previous to that, he was the veterinary operations manager for Walt Disney World’s Animal Programs in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. beginning November 1998.

Photo Release: Two North American Porcupines on Exhibit at the National Zoo

October 8, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently welcomed the newest member of its zoological family: the North American Porcupine. Two adult porcupines named Quillby and Maude are now on exhibit adjacent to the prairie dog exhibit.

Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Discovered

October 3, 2014

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Researchers Find Rare Bee Thought Headed for Extinction

Media Advisory: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute to Host Annual Autumn Conservation Festival and Free Lecture Series

September 24, 2014

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., is opening its doors—usually closed to the public—for special opportunities in October. The month kicks off with the Autumn Conservation Festival Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5.

Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park Dennis Kelly Now Vice Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Board of Directors

September 16, 2014

The membership of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has elected Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, to the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.

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