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.
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.
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.
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.
“State of the Birds” Report Assesses the Health of the Nation’s Birds
September 9, 2014
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation’s top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive review of long-term trend data for U.S. birds ever conducted. The authors call the results unsettling. The report finds bird populations declining across several key habitats, and it includes a “watch list” of bird species in need of immediate conservation help. The report also reveals, however, that in areas where a strong conservation investment has been made, bird populations are recovering.
National Zoo Opens American Bison Exhibit in Honor of 125th Anniversary
August 27, 2014
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is once again home to American bison, the animal that began the Zoo’s living collection in 1889 and sparked the conservation movement. The American Bison exhibit, sponsored by Continental Building Products, opens to the public Saturday, Aug. 30.