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Red Panda Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

August 18, 2014

A female red panda, Shama, was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Saturday, Aug. 16. A necropsy performed later that evening revealed severe cerebral edema (swelling of the brain). Based on preliminary cytology, the swelling is attributed to encephalitis associated with a microscopic parasite.

Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project Launched

July 24, 2014

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced July 23 the launch of the "Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project" to strengthen rare and endangered livestock breed conservation through the preservation and study of frozen germplasm (semen and embryos), cell lines and other biomaterials from rare heritage breeds of food and fiber livestock.

National Zoo Humanely Euthanizes Elderly Macaque

July 17, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo humanely euthanized its last Sulawesi macaque, a 27-year-old male named Spock, this morning. The median lifespan for this species is about 18 years.

Four Litters of Red Panda Cubs Born at SCBI

July 2, 2014

All four red panda pairs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., successfully bred and had cubs this year. Of the 10 cubs, more born at SCBI than any other year, seven have survived.

Public Debut of Asian Elephants Maharani, Kamala and Swarna on Elephant Trails at Smithsonian's National Zoo

June 23, 2014

The National Zoo’s three new female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23)—made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the first time Monday, June 23. After arriving at the Zoo May 23, the elephants spent 30 days in quarantine per standard procedure. On loan from the Calgary Zoo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, they will join the Zoo’s herd of four Asian elephants: females Ambika (66), Shanthi (39), Bozie (38) and male Kandula (12).

Update - Invertebrate Exhibit

June 19, 2014

Thank you for expressing your appreciation for the National Zoo’s Invertebrate Exhibit and your concern about its closing. We value your feedback and would like to clarify why we have made this very difficult decision.

Media Advisory: Public Debut of Asian Elephants Kamala, Swarna, and Maharani

June 19, 2014

The National Zoo's new three female elephants will be out of quarantine and will have their public debut outside for the first time Monday, June 23.

National Zoo’s Invertebrate Exhibit To Close June 22

June 16, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit, home to dozens of small aquatic and terrestrial species without backbones, will close to the public Sunday, June 22. The last day to visit the Invertebrate House is Saturday, June 21.

Photo Release: Photo Release: African Lion Cubs Debut at Smithsonian’s National Zoo

June 13, 2014

The four youngest members of the African lion pride at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are making their public debut today at noon at the Great Cats Exhibit. Born March 2 to mother Shera and father Luke, the 14-week-old cubs passed their swim test in May and have received all their vaccinations. They will join their mother, aunt Nababiep, and two female half-siblings on exhibit weather permitting.