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Animal News

Oct. 20, 2014
The six lion cubs at the Great Cats Exhibit are growing fast and their husbandry training sessions are in full swing!
Sep. 26, 2014
This update was written by Keeper Nicole MacCorkle.
Sep. 15, 2014
Watch the latest from "Wild Inside the National Zoo."
Aug. 23, 2014
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bao Bao's first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony.
Aug. 19, 2014
The past year at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat has been a very special one. We've been able to watch Mei Xiang raise a cub from the first moments of her birth, when she was pink...
Aug. 11, 2014
Bao Bao can't stay out of the spotlight! The Smithsonian is having a showdown, giving YOU the chance to vote for the top Smithsonian icon!
Jul. 28, 2014
The Great Cats exhib
Jul. 23, 2014
We celebrated Mei Xiang's birthday yesterday at the panda habitat. She turned 16 and received a special frozen treat for some extra enrichment. The next birthday we'll be celebrating is Bao Bao's!
Jul. 14, 2014
This update was written by keeper Nicole MacCorkle
Jul. 02, 2014
Starting July 2, gray seal pup Rona will be on exhibit! Read about her progress in the latest keeper update from Chelsea Grubb.
Jul. 01, 2014
On Father's Day weekend, Shera's four cubs made their big debut at the Great Cats exhibit! Now, visitors can see the whole pride every day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weather permitting.
Jun. 23, 2014
The National Zoo's three new female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23)—made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the first time Monday, June...
Jun. 13, 2014
May. 23, 2014
This update was written by animal keeper Erin Stromberg.
May. 22, 2014
We've received many questions from our many curious panda fans! In this panda update, keeper Nicole MacCorkle answers questions we have received.What is in the paper bags that you give the pandas?
May. 06, 2014
Four African lion cubs took a brisk paddle today and passed their swim reliability test. The cubs—three males and one female—were born at the Zoo March 2.
May. 05, 2014
Four month-old sloth bear cub, Remi, ventured outside for the very first time this morning with her surrogate bear moms and dad!
May. 01, 2014
Asian elephants Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23) arrived safely at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on May 23, 2014.
Apr. 30, 2014
The lion cubs are all doing quite well! Naba's girls weigh about 30 pounds now, and Shera's cubs range from 19 to 20.5 pounds. Shera's cub that had the limp is showing great improvement.
Apr. 25, 2014
Sumatran Tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita turn nine months old on May 5—how time flies! One sign that they are making the transition from cubs to sub-adults is that both have started to lose their "...
Apr. 24, 2014
This update was written by animal keeper Kristen Clark.
Apr. 21, 2014
It's been a busy few weeks at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat. Bao Bao is now going outside with Mei Xiang regularly in the morning.