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Mar. 04, 2014
March came in like a
Mar. 01, 2014
Our seal pup is growing by leaps and bounds! She has weaned herself from tube feedings and nursing and is now eating fish. Keepers feed her about 8 pounds of fish each day now.
Feb. 20, 2014
We want to let you know that for the immediate future all lion cub cams will be going offline. The good news is, when they come back online, we hope it's to give you a look at new lion cubs!
Feb. 13, 2014
One of the keys to raising a healthy giant panda cub is mother's milk. Since her birth on August 23, Bao Bao has grown from 4.8 ounces to just over 20 pounds.
Feb. 11, 2014
Healthy and well fed!
Feb. 06, 2014
A few days ago, African lion mother Naba spent some time away from her cubs and enjoyed a special oxtail treat with her sister Shera. Keepers took the opportunity to get their first in-person look at...
Feb. 05, 2014
After a tough start, our new seal pup appears to be thriving and rapidly gaining weight! She now weighs 60 pounds; that's almost double her birth weight.
Jan. 31, 2014
This update was written by giant panda keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Jan. 30, 2014
Red pandas Rusty and Shama have moved from the Smithsonian's National Zoo to our Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. Rusty and Shama are paired as a result of a breeding recommendation...
Jan. 30, 2014
January’s bouts of winter weather have kept our tiger cubs, Bandar and Sukacita, on their toes! The cubs seem to have a heap of fun pouncing in the snow.
Jan. 29, 2014
We are mourning the loss of eight-year-old adult male cheetah, Draco, who was humanely euthanized earlier this morning. A final pathology report will provide more information.
Jan. 15, 2014
Bao Bao is proving to be most active in the early mornings and in the midafternoon. Today she and Mei Xiang enjoyed an extended play session inside the panda house.
Jan. 10, 2014
This panda update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Jan. 08, 2014
Five adult female degus just arrived at the Small Mammal House. During their entrance exams, we discovered a surprise?one was pregnant!
Jan. 06, 2014
After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting January 18.
Dec. 20, 2013
Bao Bao is becoming a master at giant panda locomotion! She climbed up on the rockwork in Mei Xiang's enclosure early Wednesday morning all by herself.
Dec. 19, 2013
Hank is a year old today! Hank now weighs about 125 pounds. His favorite foods are butternut squash, peanut butter, and grapes.
Dec. 17, 2013
Our Sumatran tiger cubs just turned four months old! Bandar and Sukacita quickly took to their yard.
Dec. 16, 2013
Bao Bao had a busy day Friday! She was very active and spent the entire day in one of Mei Xiang's large indoor enclosures. That was the first time she has spent an entire day outside of the den!
Dec. 15, 2013
Hank is not only a daring adventurer, he's also a budding musician! This section of fire hose makes a great sound—like a tuba—and is one of his favorite toys.
Dec. 13, 2013
We are happy to announce Granger cheetah is doing well following his surgery last week and will be joining Draco and Zabini back at Cheetah Conservation Station.
Dec. 10, 2013
When you work closely with someone day in and day out—regardless of whether they're a human coworker or an animal you care for—you get to know their quirks and behavior.