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Animal News

Przewalski's Horse in Mongolia
Sept. 27, 2016
A conservationist’s work is never done. At least, it doesn’t stop when a species is returned to its native habitat. read more
Mares Xolani (L) and Yvonne (R)
Sept. 27, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras are grazing the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.... read more
Batang and Redd (infant)
Sept. 27, 2016
The newest member of our primate family has arrived! Meet Redd, a Bornean orangutan born to mother Batang and father Kyle on Sept. 12. ... read more
giant panda Bao Bao with corn stalk
Sept. 23, 2016
One of the defining and iconic characteristics that makes giant pandas unique among bears is their diet -- bamboo. read more
Batang holds her sleeping infant.
Sept. 15, 2016
Batang and her infant are doing well! Keepers report that she is very attentive to his needs, holds him gently and consistently nurses him—all encouraging signs.... read more
Giant Panda Bei Bei
Sept. 7, 2016
Over Labor Day weekend, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released excellent news about its Red List of Threatened Species.... read more
Cuban Crocodile
Aug 31, 2016
Keepers at the Reptile Discovery Center, including animal keeper Lauren Augustine, are upholding that proud tradition with ground-breaking research on social behavior, reproduction and play in a... read more
Mei Xiang with Zhuazhou poster for luck and friendship
Aug 20, 2016
The Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bei Bei's first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony.... read more
Jul 18, 2016
Born in Sri Lanka around 1975, Asian elephant Shanthi developed arthritis in her front-left leg more than a decade ago. read more
Jun 7, 2016
For the first time, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's kiwi pair are parents! Biologist Warren Lynch and keeper Wesley Bailey reveal how a strict diet helped dad Ngati Hine Tahi get in... read more
Jun 1, 2016
The Bird House's redhead ducks share their exhibit with some skittish neighbors—flamingos. read more
Quillby the North American Porcupine in profile
May 27, 2016
Eight-year-old North American male porcupine Quillby has had some difficulty moving around his exhibit lately. How do we determine what's ailing him? Teamwork! Zoo veterinarian Jessica Siegal-Willott... read more
Maned wolf pup stares at the camera
May 6, 2016
The maned wolf pups born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are growing! read more
May 3, 2016
The Bird House's male Baltimore oriole seems to prefer the company of people to his fellow migratory birds. read more
Swamp monkey baby plays with stick
May 2, 2016
Eight-week-old Allen's swamp monkey Zawadi is on the move. Over the past few weeks, biologist Becky Malinsky has watched the baby—whose name means "gift" in Swahili—become more independent.... read more
Apr 18, 2016
Breeding season for our Cuban crocodiles ended in March, but staff continue to train the crocodiles to shift off exhibit. read more
Stanley Crane, Alice, close-up of head
Mar 1, 2016
Two-year-old Stanley crane Alice seems to enjoy participating in daily demonstrations with keepers and Zoo visitors. But how does she really feel about these interactions?... read more
Feb 29, 2016
Early this morning, wild, migratory black-crowned night herons were seen for the first time this year returning to their nesting colony near the Zoo's Bird House—their only rookery in Washington, D... read more
Feb 26, 2016
The Small Mammal House's baby boom got a little bit bigger Feb. 4 with the births of two fennec fox kits! read more
Mei and Bei Bei at the entrance to their enclosure
Feb 12, 2016
As some of our panda cam viewers may have noticed, we've made some changes at the panda house recently. Each giant panda requires an individualized care plan.... read more
Feb 8, 2016
Cuban crocodile breeding season started in December at the Reptile Discovery Center. This usually means we see some aggressive behaviors between our two males.... read more
Bei Bei in a box playing with balls
Jan 21, 2016
On behalf of the entire Zoo, we'd like to thank the 7,498 people who traveled far and wide to meet Bei Bei last Saturday! The panda house is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ... read more
two female cientists look over data
Jan 11, 2016
Representatives from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute helped lead a Giant Panda Laboratory Diagnostic International Exchange Training workshop with staff from the China Conservation... read more
Dec 28, 2015
For the first time in this pride, Zoo veterinarians have successfully drawn blood from a lion—a juvenile male named Jumbe—while he was awake.... read more
Bei Bei
Dec 10, 2015
As of December 7, Bei Bei weighed about 16 pounds (7.32 kg). Even though he's grown exponentially over the last few months, he still won't be eating bamboo for a while.... read more