May. 03, 2013
In a poll conducted on the Zoo's Facebook page, 830 fans elected to name the cub Hank, a moniker that combines the cubs' parents' names, Hana and Francois.
May. 01, 2013
Animal care staff at the National Zoo welcomed a new resident to Elephant Trails May 22—Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant. She arrived safely and is now in quarantine for approximately 30...
Apr. 30, 2013
Apr. 22, 2013
On Earth Day 2014, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute launched the "Endangered Song Project," an analog-meets-digital outreach campaign that asked 400 participants to...
Apr. 17, 2013
Both Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are returning to their normal routines, following the breeding season.
Apr. 09, 2013
This week's Giant Panda Update is from Mike Maslanka, head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Zoo.
Apr. 04, 2013
Our 15 week-old sloth bear cub had a check up yesterday, and he received a clean bill of health!
Apr. 01, 2013
Reproductive scientists and veterinarians from the Smithsonian's National Zoo alongside Tang Chunxiang, the assistant director and chief veterinarian of the China Conservation and Research Center for...
Mar. 30, 2013
Spring has sprung and the giant pandas are breeding again at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Scientists detected a rise in urinary estrogens March 26, in its female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).
Mar. 27, 2013
Breeding season has arrived! Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are exhibiting behaviors indicating that they are ready to breed; and Mei Xiang's hormones have begun to rise. That rise indicates that she is in...
Mar. 26, 2013
Asia Trail curator and keeper staff have determined the sex of our 3-month-old sloth bear cub: it's a boy!
Mar. 22, 2013
This week's giant panda news features a behavior update from keeper, Nicole MacCorkle.
Mar. 15, 2013
We are continuing to monitor Mei Xiang's hormone levels very closely, but her hormones are still at baseline. Once Mei Xiang's hormones begin to rise we will know that she has entered estrus.
Mar. 05, 2013
As we continue our Elephant Trails photo blog series, our next stop is their house. These photos of Elephant Trails would not be complete without a view of our elephant's indoor living areas.
Mar. 04, 2013
Feb. 20, 2013
Feb. 14, 2013
Over the next few months we'll be bringing you giant panda updates that will focus on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and the research Zoo scientists conduct related to giant pandas around the world.
Feb. 12, 2013
We're so glad you're enjoying watching our bear cub cams, both Andean and sloth! We're thrilled to be able to share this experience with you.
Feb. 10, 2013
It's clear from watching the Sloth Bear Cam that this little cub has a lot of personality—just like Hana!
Feb. 07, 2013
Seven days and counting. . .
Feb. 01, 2013
The Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) is dedicated to providing a healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining population of Western Lowland gorillas in zoos across the United States.
Jan. 30, 2013
Hana and the cub continue to do well! Keepers are seeing the cub sit up more but it still hasn't tried to climb onto Hana's back.
Jan. 29, 2013
Mei Xiang's den has been transformed for the new breeding season! Observant panda cam viewers have no doubt seen the difference in the configuration of the barred barriers.
Jan. 19, 2013
Time flies: Our sloth bear cub is one month old today! Hana continues to be very attentive to him or her, and keepers are still monitoring the pair closely through their closed-circuit cam.
Jan. 15, 2013
Things in the lion house have been fairly