Video Announcement

The Pandas Are Coming!

Join First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Smithsonian Secretary Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, and John and Adrienne Mars Director Dr. Brandie Smith as they announce the arrival of two new pandas to the Smithsonian's National Zoo by the end of 2024.


July 17, 2024

Meet Our Rare Crane Chicks

Three fluffy feathered friends have joined the flock at our Front Royal, Virginia, campus: one whooping crane and two red-crowned crane chicks!

July 10, 2024

Body by Bugs

For the Zoo’s insect-eating residents, no meal is complete without live, nutrient-packed bugs.

June 24, 2024

Baby Ferrets Are Growing Fast!

Each kit in the litter is currently gaining around 1% of its body weight per day. Watch them on our Black-footed Ferret Cam.

June 21, 2024

An Update on Shera

Recently, our Great Cats team bid farewell to African lion Amahle, who moved to another zoo to breed. Keeper Katy Juliano shares how Amahle's mother, Shera, is adjusting in this...

June 08, 2024

Fascinating Facts About Coral

In June, we're celebrating World Ocean Month! Learn about some of the amazing aspects of corals and how they shape our world.

June 07, 2024

Meet Our Pygmy Slow Loris Babies

In March, we celebrated two pygmy slow loris births! Now, the bright-eyed babies are getting braver and exploring their exhibit.

June 03, 2024

Remembering Two Tamanduas

In May, our Small Mammal House team said goodbye to two beloved tamanduas: Manny and Cayenne.

May 31, 2024

Meet Johnny Stutzman

Smithsonian graduate fellow Johnny Stutzman shares how mentors can mold a scientific career in our latest Focus on the Future.

We Save Species

Our scientists and researchers play a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists.

Explore our conservation programs at the Zoo and our research headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia.

A group of zoo aides and keepers wearing personal protective equipment and navy scrubs holds up five tiny cheetah cubs.

Live Streaming Webcams

See black-footed ferrets, elephants, lions and naked mole-rats on animal cams streaming live, 24/7 from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.