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Photo Release: Maned Wolves are Back on Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

June 27, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently welcomed two new residents to its Cheetah Conservation Station: maned wolves. The 2-year-old brothers named Mateo and Quito hail from the Denver Zoo.


Smithsonian Study Reveals Precipitous Decline of Genetic Diversity in Wild Cheetahs

June 21, 2016

The planet's last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners published June 21 in the journal Biological Conservation. This is in direct contrast with the population of cheetahs in zoos, which is as genetically diverse as it was 30 years ago because of cooperative and strategically managed breeding programs, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Cheetah Species Survival Plan.

Smithsonian Coral Study Highlights Devastating Effects of Bleaching on Assisted Reproduction

June 17, 2016

Not even pioneering assisted-reproduction techniques can bolster the odds of successful reproduction in bleached coral reefs, according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the University of Hawaii.

Male Sloth Bear at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Has Died

June 16, 2016

The National Zoo’s senior male sloth bear, 25-year-old Francois, was humanely euthanized yesterday.

Bornean Orangutan at Smithsonian’s National Zoo Is Pregnant

June 14, 2016

For the first time in 25 years, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of an endangered Bornean orangutan.

Photo Release: Elephant Cam at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Gets an Upgrade

June 9, 2016

Virtual visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will now be able to see its herd of six Asian elephants up-close.

Japanese Giant Salamander Dies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

June 8, 2016

A Japanese giant salamander at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo died June 6. Keepers had noticed May 25 that the 25-year-old female had been lethargic and was having difficulty maintaining buoyancy, which prompted keepers to notify the Zoo’s veterinarians. Despite treatment with antifungal and antibacterial medicines, the salamander’s condition did not improve, and veterinarians elected to humanely euthanize her.

Endangered Kiwi Chick Hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

May 31, 2016

For the first time, an egg laid by a female brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., hatched May 10. The chick is the first for parents Ngati Hine Rua (female) and Ngati Hine Tahi (male). SCBI has previously hatched eggs originally laid at other zoos. Keepers will not know the sex of the chick for several weeks.

Photo Release: “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” Opens at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

May 27, 2016

On exhibit for the first time in the Washington, D.C. region, the Smithsonian's National Zoo presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” from May 27 through Sept. 5.


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