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VISITORS: Despite the government shutdown, the Zoo is OPEN Sunday, Jan. 21 and Monday, Jan. 22. The Smithsonian can use prior year funds still available to us to do so. We will update our status beyond Monday as soon as we know. 
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Great Cats News Archive

Aug. 24, 2013
Look at these pictures of the cubs the keepers got this week. The keepers can already tell which markings they'll use to tell the cubs apart.Can you find one or two distinctive markings to... read more
Aug. 15, 2013
While Damai was enjoying a break from the cubs this morning, our keepers were
Aug. 08, 2013
Damai came out of her den on Tuesday while keepers were in the Great Cats building, which is a good sign! That means she is comfortable with the keepers being near her cubbing den. While she was out... read more
Jun. 13, 2013
This spring has been quiet at the Great Cats unit, now tha
Apr. 22, 2013
On Earth Day 2014, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute launched the "Endangered Song Project," an analog-meets-digital outreach campaign that asked 400 participants to... read more
Mar. 14, 2013
By Budhan Pukazhenthi, SCBI Scientist
Mar. 04, 2013
Mar. 01, 2013
In 2008 the Smithsonian, along with the World Bank, the World Wildlife Foundation, t
Feb. 20, 2013
Well the bad news is that Damai was not pregnant as a re
Jan. 15, 2013
Things in the lion house have been fairly quiet this winter.