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Oct. 3 and 4: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute To Host Annual Autumn Conservation Festival - CANCELLED

September 30, 2015

This weekend, Oct. 3 and 4, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., will open to the public for its annual Autumn Conservation Festival. Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Festival will allow visitors to explore the scenic facility, view endangered species—such as red pandas, maned wolves and white-naped cranes—and meet the animal keepers and world-class scientists who study them and their environments.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo Receives National Award for Excellence in Marketing

September 30, 2015

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute received Top Honors in marketing for budgets under $175,000 for their Endangered Song Project.

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Study Finds Forest Giants Suffer Worst During Droughts

September 28, 2015

In a study published Sept. 28 in the journal Nature Plants, a team led by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists found that bigger trees suffer the most during droughts, regardless of location or forest type. The team, including ecologists Kristina Anderson-Teixeira and Amy Bennett from SCBI, Nathan McDowell of the University of New Mexico and Craig Allen of Los Alamos Laboratory, analyzed 40 droughts in 38 forests across the globe, searching for size-related patterns in growth and mortality responses.

Eld’s Deer Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

September 28, 2015

On September 17, an 4-year-old female Eld’s deer was spooked during a semiannual fire safety check on the sprinkler system at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.

First Ladies of US and People’s Republic of China Name the Giant Panda Cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

September 25, 2015

This morning, Sept. 25, the giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 22 received his name, Bei Bei (BAY-BAY), which means "precious, treasure" and is complementary to his sister's name, Bao Bao. In celebration of the state visit and as a special honor for the cub, the name was selected by First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and First Lady of the People's Republic of China, Peng Liyuan.

Weekly Giant Panda Cub Update from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

September 22, 2015

Keepers had an opportunity to weigh the 4.5 week-old giant panda cub yesterday, Sept. 21, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He weighs 2.95 pounds (1,339 grams) and has now surpassed both of his older siblings in size when they were the same age. At 4-and-a-half weeks old, Bao Bao weighed approximately 2 pounds, and Tai Shan, weighed 2.6 pounds (1,181grams).

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Receives $4.5 Million to Continue Giant Panda Program

September 17, 2015

David M. Rubenstein has pledged a second $4.5 million gift to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, funding its giant panda research and conservation program through the end of 2020. The gift will support conservation efforts in China, research on giant panda reproduction, professional training programs, upgrades to the giant panda habitat at the National Zoo, care for the pandas living at the National Zoo and continue public education about the species and conservation.

Giant Panda Cub Is Male and Sired By Tian Tian

August 28, 2015

Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics confirmed that the giant panda cub born Aug. 22 at the National Zoo is male. A paternity analysis showed that Tian Tian (t-YEN t-YEN) is the cub’s father.

Giant Panda Cub Update: August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

Overnight, it was evident to panda keepers and veterinarians that our healthy panda cub was active and nursing appropriately throughout the night. Mother Mei Xiang is showing proper maternal care which includes short sleep cycles and adjusting the tiny cub in her arms for better positioning and grooming.

We are sad to announce that a 30-year-old male kori bustard at the Bird House died Aug. 1. A pathology report will...

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Monday, August 3, 2015

We’re excited to share the discovery of the first new canid species in Africa in 150 years! Meet the African golden...

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Visiting the Elephant Community Center, you may notice a new accessory in Kandula’s yard. It’s a crate. A 17-foot-long,...

Posted by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Giant Anteater Update

February 12, 2015

Giant anteater Maripi gave birth to a female pup the night of January 24. Keepers monitored both Maripi and her pup via a closed circuit camera. Within 48 hours keepers became concerned that the pup was not thriving.

Smithsonian's National Zoo Security Update and Planning: Statement from the Director

January 23, 2015

The Smithsonian's National Zoo's attendance varies greatly throughout the year varying from a few hundred visitors per day in January to more than 25,000 visitors per day in April. To safely and securely handle the crowds, the Zoo implements temporary access control during high traffic times.