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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...
Tian Tian on hammock
Jun. 29, 2018
The exhibits team built the hammocks from sturdy firehose and installed them. There has been a hammock in Bei Bei’s enclosure for several years, but it was starting to show some wear-and-tear as it’s...
California Sea Lion
Jun. 29, 2018
From whiskers to flippers and a penchant for fish, seals and sea lions have a lot in common. So how can you tell these pinnipeds apart?
Moke at 10 weeks old
Jun. 29, 2018
Read the latest update on the Zoo's 10-week-old western lowland gorilla, Moke, and watch a video of him trying to take his first steps!
Giant panda Mei Xiang lays down voluntarily for keepers and veterinary staff to conduct an ultrasound
Jun. 24, 2018
Beginning today, June 24, the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat will be closed to keep a quiet area around female giant panda Mei Xiang’s den. 
Western lowland gorilla Moke is 9 weeks old.
Jun. 22, 2018
Primate keeper Melba Brown says 9-week-old western lowland gorilla infant Moke is taking in all of the sights, sounds and scents around him.
Mei Xiang
Jun. 21, 2018
The panda team has started seeing more pronounced behavioral changes in Mei Xiang, which is normal and expected for a pregnant or pseudopregnant giant panda. Overall, she is spending more time...
Western lowland gorilla Moke at 7 weeks old.
Jun. 15, 2018
Today, Moke turns two months old! He is just as curious as ever, but now he is becoming bolder and more interested in those around him.
Calaya cradles 7-week-old Moke in the Great Ape House.
Jun. 08, 2018
In the past two weeks, our western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, has sprouted two new teeth! When he was five weeks old, the primate team observed two lower incisors break through his gums. Now, at 7...
two adults and a young boy pose in front of the Stanley Cup on display at the Zoo
Jun. 01, 2018
In honor of the Washington, D.C. Capitals making the NHL finals, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian was given a special treat of a bamboo hockey stick, ice puck and a fruitsicle...
Western lowland gorilla Moke is six weeks old.
Jun. 01, 2018
At six weeks old, western lowland gorilla Moke is already showing interest in exploring his surroundings. Despite his adventurous spirit, mom Calaya continues to hold her infant close.
Giant panda Mei Xiang receives treats while participating in a voluntary ultrasound.
Jun. 01, 2018
It’s been almost three months since Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated. Keepers, veterinarians and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have been monitoring her carefully ever...
Lori Smith bands a red knot at the Delaware Bay.
Jun. 01, 2018
While most people flock to the Delaware shores for some rest and relaxation, migratory birds have an entirely different mindset during their visit: refuel. The Delaware Bay is a key stopover site for...
Andean bear Billie Jean
Jun. 01, 2018
When animal keepers introduced Andean bears Billie Jean and Quito earlier this spring, it seemed that love was in the air. Or, was it hormones? To discover how hormones can affect a bear’s behavior...
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke at 5 weeks old with a couple of teeth beginning to show
May. 25, 2018
At 5 weeks old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke continues to thrive, and keepers are beginning to see how his personality is developing. He is very curious and wiggly!
scimitar-horned oryx laying in grass
May. 18, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is dedicated to saving species. Every day, its scientists and partners undertake important conservation efforts to protect species...
One month old western lowland gorilla Moke.
May. 18, 2018
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke turned one month old on Tuesday! He continues to do well and remains bright and alert.
Giant panda Bei Bei with a rainbow ice cake.
May. 16, 2018
On May 6, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute welcomed thousands of visitors to celebrate community and diversity in recognition of International Family Equality Day.
Animal keeper Kara Ingraham with a white-nosed coati at the Small Mammal House.
May. 04, 2018
Two-year-old coati sisters Quinn and Ivy are always on the move. Find out how their keeper trained them to sit still and voluntarily participate in their own care.