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Western lowland gorilla Moke at 23 weeks old.
Sep. 21, 2018
Friends of the National Zoo volunteers are helping primate keepers monitor how our western lowland gorillas interact with one another, says primate keeper Melba Brown. 
5-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke
Sep. 14, 2018
Moke is 5 months old! Check out primate keeper Melba Brown's latest update on our western lowland gorillas. 
Moke enjoying an ice treat.
Sep. 07, 2018
Western lowland gorilla Moke celebrated his mom's birthday and is learning through play, says primate keeper Melba Brown. 
Cheetah cubs in their yard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Sep. 06, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's seven cubs are thriving! They received a clean bill of health at their first veterinary exam.
Sep. 05, 2018
Migratory bird conservation is taking flight at zoos and aquariums, according to a new paper published in Zoo Biology. The study outlines the role that Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited...
Gorilla Moke 20 weeks old
Aug. 31, 2018
Follow Primate Keeper Melba Brown's latest #GorillaStory update on 20-week-old western lowland gorilla Moke!
Orangutan Iris in a nest
Aug. 30, 2018
As the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s great apes prepare to go to sleep, they make their beds, then settle in. Just like their wild counterparts, orangutans in zoos build cozy nests.
Andean Bear Beorn
Aug. 30, 2018
During your next visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, look up—there may be a bear in the treetops! Beorn, a 1-year-old Andean bear, joined our Zoo family this summer.
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 29, 2018
If you think a blind, nearly hairless rodent that lives underground can’t get much stranger, then buckle up. There’s a lot more to these weird (and wonderful) rodents than meets the eye!
Western lowland gorilla Moke is 18 weeks old.
Aug. 24, 2018
Primate keeper Melba Brown says western lowland gorilla infant Moke's big (and often, humorous) personality is beginning to emerge. 
large hoofed animal with short curved horns and brown fur
Aug. 23, 2018
The iconic song of the American West, “Home on the Range,” got a key detail wrong — buffalo never roamed the region! But bison still do. Isn’t it time you learned why?
Bei Bei turns three years old.
Aug. 22, 2018
Bei Bei turned 3 years old today! In celebration of his big day, Bei Bei enjoyed an ice-cake, participated in an enrichment painting session and received a new panda-friendly enrichment toy.
Moke looking at camera.
Aug. 17, 2018
In her latest update, primate keeper Melba Brown shares that 4-month-old Moke is embarking on a new era of discovery. 
Moke at 4 months old.
Aug. 10, 2018
At 4 months old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke is already solid on his footing and has started giving his mom, Calaya, some good exercise in chasing after him!
Aquatic caecilian in Amazonia.
Aug. 03, 2018
With a sleek, eel-like body and beady eyes, the aquatic caecilian is quite an unusual amphibian. In this Q&A, animal keeper Denny Charlton shares some of his favorite fun facts about these wiggly...
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke is 15 months old
Aug. 03, 2018
Primate keeper Melba Brown shares the latest news about 15-week-old western lowland gorilla Moke. 
Bornean orangutan infant Redd at 22 months old.
Aug. 02, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s charismatic Bornean orangutan infant, Redd, will celebrate his second birthday Sept. 12! Since the last update in February, he has hit some major milestones. Get the...
Moke chewing food.
Jul. 27, 2018
Check out the latest update on our 3.5-month-old gorilla infant from primate keeper Melba Brown. 
Western lowland gorilla Moke samples some lettuce.
Jul. 20, 2018
Now that our 13-week-old western lowland gorilla infant Moke is practicing his walking skills, we are beginning to see some interesting changes in the social dynamics of our mixed-sex troop.
Luke Lion
Jul. 16, 2018
In honor of National Zookeeper Week, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is featuring some of the dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for the animals in our...
a black footed ferret sits on a rock
Jul. 13, 2018
Find the answers to some of the most-searched questions about black-footed ferrets, North America’s only native ferret species! These playful animals were once thought to be extinct but have made an...
Three-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke attempts to walk.
Jul. 13, 2018
Western lowland gorilla Moke is learning to walk! This week, he spent some quality time with 9-year-old Kibibi.
A goat laying down to rest on a platform with grass in the background
Jul. 11, 2018
Think ewe know all there is to know about goats, pigs, donkeys and moooo-re? These Kids’ Farm animal facts may have you stumped!
Bennett's wallaby
Jul. 06, 2018
Meet Victoria and Adelaide — the new Bennett’s wallabies at the Zoo! Get the scoop on the Small Mammal House’s marsupials from curator Steve Sarro and animal keepers Ashton Ball and Esther Wray.
Amur tiger Pavel explores his yard.
Jul. 06, 2018
Training tigers to show their teeth and preening prickly porcupines is all in a day’s work for keeper Dell Guglielmo! As a member of the Great Cats animal care team, she works with everything from...