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Newsroom

Phone: 202-633-3055
Email: ZooSCBICommunications@si.edu

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.

To be added to the Zoo's press release distribution list, please fill out the contact form on the right side of this page and use the subject line: "add to distribution list."

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

Press Releases

Giant panda Bei Bei munches on a stalk of bamboo.
Oct. 18, 2019
Giant panda Bei Bei will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Tuesday, Nov. 19. 
A keeper holds two 11-pound Aldabra tortoises.
Oct. 09, 2019
The newest residents at Reptile Discovery Center are in no rush to grow up. The two 5-year-old Aldabra tortoises debuted in late September.
Lesser kudu Shirley (right) with her grandson, Kushukuru (middle), and daughter, Rogue (left).
Oct. 03, 2019
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of a female lesser kudu named Shirley, who died Sept. 28 following complications during the birthing...

Zoo News

sloth
Oct. 18, 2019
Can sloth swim? What do they eat? And why are they so slow? Impress your friends and ace your next online quiz with these fun facts about sloths to celebrate International Sloth Day on Oct. 20.
giant panda bei bei holds a stick of bamboo and prepares to take a bite
Oct. 18, 2019
Get the answers to frequently asked questions about giant panda Bei Bei's departure from the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
American black bear and cub in Washington State.
Oct. 17, 2019
In September 2019, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center launched Snapshot USA, a nationwide camera trap...