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Mar. 31, 2014
Bao Bao may be exploring the great outdoors soon! Bao Bao will have access to her mother Mei Xiang's larger yard this week beginning each day around 8 a.m., weather depending.
Mar. 26, 2014
This Update Was Written By American Trail Keeper Chelsea Grubb.
Mar. 20, 2014
The decision for keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to hand-raise a female sloth bear cub instead of leaving her with her mother Khali likely saved her life.
Mar. 14, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Mar. 11, 2014
The staff from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is celebrating the birth of three male dama gazelle calves. The calves were born between Febraury 18 and Febraury 25.
Mar. 07, 2014
Today, Nababeip's two cubs received their second routine veterinary exam. At almost a month and a half old, they weigh between 16 and 17 pounds. They both got a clean bill of health!
Mar. 06, 2014
Sumatran tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita turned seven months old yesterday! Both are growing fast—Bandar weighs 88 pounds, and Sukacita weighs 73 pounds.
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.