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a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine lounges on a tree branch
Feb. 24, 2017
The Small Mammal House welcomed a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine this week!
Cuban crocodiles at the Reptile Discovery Center lifting their snouts out of the water.
Feb. 23, 2017
The Reptile Discovery Center’s research on Cuban crocodiles is continuing! As breeding season ramps up, both of our pairs of Cuban crocodiles are engaging in various aspects of courtship as well as...
Giant panda Bao Bao sits and eats bamboo
Feb. 22, 2017
Bao Bao, her keeper Marty Dearie and Dr. Katharine Hope landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6:59 p.m. CST after a 16-hour direct flight aboard the “FedEx Panda Express,”...
Giant panda Bao Bao looks out of travel crate at keeper Marty Dearie shortly after arriving in China
Feb. 22, 2017
Giant panda Bao Bao and Zoo staff landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6:59 p.m. 
Feb. 22, 2017
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.C.
Feb. 21, 2017
VIDEO: Here's a look back at what Bao Bao means to all of us.
Feb. 21, 2017
Bao Bao began her journey to China this morning. She departed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo at 10:35 for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia where she will board a FedEx 777F plane...
Bao Bao's birth
Feb. 16, 2017
As keepers prepared to say bye-bye to Bao Bao, they shared some of their favorite memories of the playful and inquisitive cub who made history.
Feb. 16, 2017
Relive some of giant panda Bao Bao's best moments in this video!
Bao Bao eats bamboo at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Feb. 16, 2017
At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, giant pandas sit in their habitat munching contentedly on bamboo shoots. But, consider that giant pandas—native to China—were once on the brink of extinction. And,...
Feb. 15, 2017
Meet Bird Friendly coffee producers.
FONZ Members During Bye Bye Bao Bao Event
Feb. 14, 2017
On Saturday morning, about 3,000 FONZ members gathered at the panda house for a special opportunity to say Bye Bye Bao Bao, a little more than a week before she heads to her new home in China.
heron on railing at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Feb. 10, 2017
Attaching transmitters to wild black-crowned night herons that nest at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House.
Giant panda Bao Bao climbs over a tree branch
Feb. 06, 2017
Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Feb. 21.
Amazon milk frog
Feb. 03, 2017
Did you know: the Amazon milk frog has special toe pads on its feet to help them climb plants. They're so strong they can hold up to 14 times the animal's body weight! Check out even more fun facts...
close up of Squeegee the harbor seal's face and whiskers
Feb. 03, 2017
The Zoo’s 31-year-old male harbor seal, Squeegee, died shortly after a diagnostic medical exam Feb. 1. American Trail keepers had been monitoring Squeegee closely for several weeks after he presented...
Tufted deer
Feb. 03, 2017
A geriatric female tufted deer died at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) Feb. 2. The 24-year-old tufted deer named Morticia had been treated for cataracts and mobility issues...
Clouded Leopard
Feb. 02, 2017
Why do clouded leopards seem to have a tough time reproducing outside of their natural habitat? As wild populations continue to dwindle, conservation scientists are working against the clock to find...
Gray Seal Pup
Feb. 02, 2017
In the early morning hours Jan. 21, American Trail keepers welcomed a fifth seal to the colony! For the past two weeks, the female pup has been bonding with mom, Kara, in an off-exhibit area and...
Sparky
Feb. 02, 2017
Love is in the air for the Zoo’s Sumatran tigers, Sparky and Damai! Their relationship, says keeper Dell Guglielmo, has been blossoming ever since the pair was introduced last September.
Man swabbing the inside of an anaesthetized bobcat
Feb. 02, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s female bobcat, Ollie—who escaped—received a medical exam this afternoon. She spent the night in the Zoo’s veterinary hospital under observation. 
animal care staff lift bobcat in cage out of wooded area
Feb. 01, 2017
Ollie, the female bobcat at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, was found on Zoo property this afternoon. Photos and video of her and the recovery team at the Zoo's veterinary hospital are now available...
Ollie Bobcat
Feb. 01, 2017
The Zoo will be holding a press conference in the Bus Lot at 5 p.m. For more about the species, please read the...
Feb. 01, 2017
A press conference for search updates and general information related to female bobcat Ollie that escaped from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Monday, January 30, 2017, and has yet to be caught. 
Bobcat
Jan. 31, 2017
The female bobcat, Ollie, who escaped from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo yesterday has not returned to her enclosure. The Zoo received several calls from the public overnight with consistent...