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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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Giant Panda Program Media Resources

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

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

Bird House Reopening Media Resources

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

Video B-roll for Media Use

Browse a comprehensive playlist with footage and video clips on the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's YouTube channel.

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

Press Releases

Cheetah mother Echo with five cubs born Sept. 12, 2023
Sep. 21, 2023
Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, are celebrating a litter of five cheetah cubs born to 8-year-old adult female...
Sep. 18, 2023
Presentation of panda-friendly fruitsicle cakes to beloved giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji in celebration of Panda Palooza: A Giant Farewell event. 
A porcupine with an overlaid Halloween-style pig mask appears next to the words "Boo at the Zoo".
Sep. 11, 2023
It’s no trick, only the sweetest treat: Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery, is back! The Zoo will be brimming with festive displays and spook-tacular trick-or-treating for this...

Zoo News

Black-footed ferret pokes its head out of a hole in the ground.
Sep. 26, 2023
Find out what's next for Hickory's six kits, who were featured on the Black-footed Ferret Cam this summer.
Western lowland gorilla Zahra
Sep. 22, 2023
There’s no better way to celebrate World Gorilla Day than with our adorable animal ambassador, Zahra! Keeper Lynne McMahan shares some of her favorite moments in this Q+A.  
Bornean orangutan Redd in the Think Tank habitat.
Sep. 12, 2023
Today, we celebrate Redd’s birthday! Our youngest Bornean orangutan has officially entered his “sassy sevens” era.