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8-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke
Dec. 14, 2018
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke is making noise—with enrichment! 
Bei Bei in the snow
Nov. 30, 2018
The New Year will bring in some new changes to the panda house. Beginning Dec. 5, the panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat may occasionally close during weekday mornings...
Red pandas on exhibit at Asia Trail
Nov. 30, 2018
Did you know that red pandas have a unique way of picking up scents left by other red pandas? Get the scoop from Asia Trail keeper Mariel Lally. 
Red-eyed tree frog close up
Nov. 30, 2018
Hop on down to the Reptile Discovery Center to see the Zoo’s newest—and most colorful—creatures: red-eyed tree frogs! Get the scoop on the Zoo’s amazing amphibians from assistant curator Matt Evans.
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke chews on a Nyla bone
Nov. 30, 2018
Our 7-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke received his flu shot this month! Get the latest news on him in our keeper update. 
Bei Bei
Nov. 16, 2018
Three-year-old giant panda played and tumbled in the snow Thursday, Nov. 15. 
Gorilla Moke at 7 months old.
Nov. 16, 2018
What has 7-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke been up to? Read all about it in the latest keeper update! 
Bonnie and Redd orangutans wrestle in the Great Ape House.
Nov. 02, 2018
What sounds does an infant orangutan make? Primate keeper Erin Stromberg filmed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 2-year-old Bornean orangutan Redd as he pleaded with his mother to share her food. Get...
Dama gazelle calves Gustav (left) and Amaya (right) explore their habitat at the Cheetah Conservation Station.
Nov. 02, 2018
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers are celebrating a dama gazelle baby boom! Two young calves, Gustav and Amaya, recently made their debut. Learn all about the newest members of our herd from...
Western lowland gorilla Moke with blanket, 6 months old.
Nov. 02, 2018
Read the latest update on six-month-old western lowland gorilla infant Moke. 
a graphic image of a pumpkin carved with a giant panda face
Oct. 15, 2018
Carve your Halloween pumpkin to look like giant panda Bei Bei today with this downloadable stencil!
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke at 6 months.
Oct. 12, 2018
Moke is six months old and, for the first time, keepers observed him taking his first steps in the outdoor yard independent of his mother!
A screaming hairy armadillo pup in an incubator on a bed of towels.
Oct. 05, 2018
Watch a video and read the latest update on the screaming hairy armadillo pup born Aug. 8, 2018.
A hawk-headed parrot perched on a food tray
Oct. 05, 2018
Get to know the Zoo's hawk-headed parrot, Boomer, in this Q&A with animal keeper Hilary Colton.
5-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke sits in a pile of hay and eats leafy greens
Oct. 05, 2018
Read primate keeper Melba Brown's latest update on 5-month-old gorilla Moke.
bumble bee
Oct. 03, 2018
What are pollinators, and why do we need them? Read on to find out why pollinators are so important!
5-month-old Moke enjoys enrichment
Sep. 28, 2018
Five-month-old western lowland gorilla, Moke, has been spending some quality time with his father, says primate keeper Melba Brown. 
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.