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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.

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.

“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.