Twenty-three years after being declared “extinct in the wild”, the scimitar-horned oryx has made a remarkable comeback. Smithsonian research ecologist Katherine Mertes shares how oryx reached the turning point, and how conservationists hope to apply lessons learned for the benefit of other species.
For the first time since 2018, the Zoo’s naked mole rat colony is without a queen. Kenton Kerns, assistant curator of the Small Mammal House, explains how the wrinkled rodents are adapting to the change.
When you’re making a list and checking it twice for winter-time activities in Washington, D.C., consider planning a trip to the Zoo. The cooler months can be the perfect time to see your favorite animals without the crowds.
In 2004, the United States Congress designated Dec. 13 to be “National Day of the Horse” - an opportunity to recognize the outsized role domesticated horses have played in human history. But for this year’s Day of the Horse, we’re taking a different tack, if you will, to recognize the Przewalski’s...
This holiday season, the Zoo invites you to give thanks to a beloved American icon—but not at the dining room table. Learn about how Bird House keeper Jen Ferraro helps care for the Zoo's resident turkeys.