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We’re excited to share the discovery of the first new canid species in Africa in 150 years! Meet the African golden...

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Visiting the Elephant Community Center, you may notice a new accessory in Kandula’s yard. It’s a crate. A 17-foot-long,...

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Photo Release: Two Species of Guenons on Exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

July 29, 2015

The Smithsonian's National Zoo recently welcomed two species of guenons to its zoological family: four Allen's swamp monkeys and three Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys.

Elderly Cheetah Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

July 21, 2015

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is mourning the loss of a 12-year-old male cheetah named Shombay, who died July 18. A final pathology report will provide more information.

National Zoo Agouti Briefly Escaped from the Small Mammal House

July 14, 2015

Yesterday shortly after 7 p.m., a male agouti escaped from his outdoor enclosure behind the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Agoutis are large beautiful rodents about the size of a large house cat. Zoo staff kept the animal in view and successfully herded him back into a contained space within 30 minutes. He is unharmed.

FONZ Names Lynn Mento as New Executive Director

July 1, 2015

The Board of Directors of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is pleased to announce that Lynn Mento has been named Executive Director.

Clouded Leopards Born in Thailand Via Artificial Insemination

June 15, 2015

For only the second time, a litter of clouded leopard cubs has been born as the result of an artificial insemination. Pierre Comizzoli, reproductive physiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), performed the artificial insemination in Thailand last March alongside Paweena Thuwanut, a former JoGayle Howard Postdoctoral Fellow at SCBI, and Wanlaya Tipkantha, a doctoral candidate at Chulalongkorn University, who also studied at SCBI. The two cubs were born at the Khao Khew Open Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand June 9.

Loggerhead Shrike Chicks Hatch at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

June 11, 2015

Ten loggerhead shrikes hatched last month at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. These genetically valuable chicks will be the first SCBI-hatched shrikes to be released into the wild.

Miniaturized GPS Tags Allow Tracking of Small Breeding Songbirds to Tropical Winter Territories for First Time

June 10, 2015

For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center have tracked small migratory ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) to their tropical wintering grounds with unparalleled accuracy, which significantly improves the understanding of migratory connectivity. Understanding migratory connectivity is key to future conservation efforts.

Photo Release: Critically Endangered Spider Tortoise Hatches at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

May 22, 2015

Tomorrow is World Turtle day. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating a conservation milestone; for the first time, a rare spider tortoise has hatched in the Reptile Discovery Center.

Photo Release: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Scientists Find Andean Bears Using Camera Traps In Peru

May 8, 2015

For the first time, a team from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability collected photo evidence of an Andean bear (also known as the spectacled bear) in Peru’s Amarakaeri Comunal Reserve using camera traps—automated cameras with motion sensors.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Scientists Find Forest Corridors Are Key to Maintaining Healthy Sloth Bear Populations

May 6, 2015

By using DNA extracted from sloth bear scat, a team of Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) researchers found that forest corridors between protected areas in the bears’ native habitats are vital to maintaining a genetically diverse population.

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.