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Media Advisory: Smithsonian’s National Zoo Hosts World Oceans Day Event

May 11, 2016

In honor of World Oceans Day, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is hosting a free public event June 11, featuring ocean-themed crafts, games and other activities for families. Animal keepers at the Amazonia and American Trail exhibits will host talks, feedings and demonstrations highlighting a variety of marine species.

Photo Release: Red Pandas Debut on Asia Trail at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

May 10, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s red panda habitat on Asia Trail reopened to the public Tuesday, May 10. Tusa (male) and Asa (female) explored their new home which has a brand new “retreat.”

Maned Wolf Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

May 9, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old female maned wolf named Uno, who died May 7. A final pathology report will provide more information, but her health had been in decline for several months due to liver and bowel disease. Despite treatment, Uno’s condition worsened last week, and animal care staff elected to humanely euthanize her based on her poor long-term prognosis. The median life expectancy of a maned wolf is about 6-and-a-half years.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea”

May 2, 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. Made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches, the colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscore the need for wildlife conservation. Admission to the Zoo and this exhibit is free.

Critically Endangered Red-Ruffed Lemurs Born at the National Zoo

April 20, 2016

Small Mammal House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the birth of three critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs born April 5 to 6-year-old mother Molly.

Kids’ Farm Reopens Tomorrow, April 16, at the National Zoo

April 15, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo lifted its temporary quarantine on the Kids’ Farm exhibit that has been in effect since Feb. 26 after E. coli stx 1 gene bacteria was discovered in a few of the animals. After seven weeks of quarantine, no animals showed any sign of disease associated with the E. coli, and no staff had been affected.

25 Scimitar-Horned Oryx To Be Reintroduced to the Wild in Chad

April 13, 2016

For the first time, scimitar-horned oryx are going to be reintroduced to the wild in Chad. Extinct in the wild since the mid-1980s, the species’ return is the result of the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the government of Chad’s Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Program. Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) will be working as part of the program to monitor the herd remotely after the reintroduction.

Smithsonian-tracked “Ghost Bird” Takes Flight

April 12, 2016

Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they outfitted with a satellite tag in December 2015.

Black Footed Ferret Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

April 11, 2016

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) lost a senior male black-footed ferret following a routine procedure Wednesday, April 6.