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Welcome to the newsroom for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. If you are a reporter and would like to arrange an interview or get more information on the Zoo’s animals and conservation science research, or request photos or video, please contact the communications team to facilitate your request. Before calling to discuss stories on some of the most-covered topics, media are encouraged to look over online resources for details on the Zoo’s giant pandasAsian elephants and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

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Bird House Reopening Media Resources

Find comprehensive resources on the reopening of the Bird House, including photos, videos, backgrounders and press release.

Giant Panda 50th Anniversary Media Resources

Find comprehensive resources on the Giant Panda 50th Anniversary here, including photos, videos, a panda program backgrounder and press releases.

Find photos, videos and more resources on the Zoo's giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji here.

Each press release includes related photos and videos. See below.

Press Releases

Western lowland gorilla Calaya explores her outdoor habitat.
Mar. 23, 2023
Primate staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) in Washington, D.C., are making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of a critically endangered...
Mar. 15, 2023
Brandie Smith, John and Adrienne Mars director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, delivered these remarks at the Eleanor Holmes Norton Town Hall event on March 15,...
Shorebirds—including sanderling and dunlin—stroll on the beaches of the Delaware Bay aviary. Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute visitors will be able to see these migratory birds up close at the renovated Bird House, which will
Feb. 22, 2023
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute invites visitors to soar into its renovated Bird House, opening Monday, March 13. 

Zoo News

A photo of a male cheetah cub sitting in grass, looking toward the camera.
Mar. 09, 2023
As each of Amani's cub’s personality begins to shine through, it’s the perfect time to debut their names. Plus, the cubs have some new neighbors, who are familiar faces to our cheetah fans!
Side profile of a wood thrush, a medium-sized songbird with bright brown plumage on its upper parts and a creamy white chest with brown spots,
Mar. 03, 2023
Flutter into how animal keeper Becca Zurlo cares for the iconic wood thrush—the official bird of Washington, D.C.—in the newly renovated Bird House!
Xiao Qi Ji eats bamboo in his outdoor habitat.
Mar. 01, 2023
Xiao QI Ji is stepping out on his own! Our 2.5-year-old giant panda has been playing, eating and sleeping by himself lately—behaviors that indicate he’s ready for independence.