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Zoo News Archive

A close-up photo of a wood turtle's face. The turtle has yellow eyes and black and yellow-orange mottled skin
May. 23, 2018
The hare may be quicker than the turtle, but does it actually move more? Smithsonian researchers are tracking wood turtles to better understand how they navigate their environment.
scimitar-horned oryx laying in grass
May. 18, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is dedicated to saving species. Every day, its scientists and partners undertake important conservation efforts to protect species...
One month old western lowland gorilla Moke.
May. 18, 2018
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke turned one month old on Tuesday! He continues to do well and remains bright and alert.
Giant panda Bei Bei with a rainbow ice cake.
May. 16, 2018
On May 6, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute welcomed thousands of visitors to celebrate community and diversity in recognition of International Family Equality Day.
Holstein cow Magnolia frolics at the Kids farm.
May. 14, 2018
Just in time for her public debut, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s female Holstein calf has a name: Magnolia.
The Kids' Farm's new Holstein calf.
May. 11, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is inviting the public to name the newest member of the Kids’ Farm herd—an 8-month-old female Holstein calf. Starting today, May 11,...
Meet a Mammal
May. 11, 2018
Members can get up close and personal with animals from 8 to 9 a.m. on May 12.
A blue and white bird, called a cerulean warbler, being held in a researcher's hand
May. 10, 2018
In Texas, a team of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists is studying birds that travel through the Gulf of Mexico.
The head and neck of a giraffe wearing a GPS tracker
May. 04, 2018
What is causing the disappearance of reticulated giraffes across the plains where they were once plentiful? Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners are on the case.
Animal keeper Kara Ingraham with a white-nosed coati at the Small Mammal House.
May. 04, 2018
Two-year-old coati sisters Quinn and Ivy are always on the move. Find out how their keeper trained them to sit still and voluntarily participate in their own care.
Western lowland gorilla Moke at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
May. 04, 2018
At almost 3 weeks old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke is growing quickly and is starting to take in his surroundings. 
A cheetah laying in the grass on a sunny day
May. 02, 2018
Discover the answers to some of the most-searched questions about these lightning-fast cats!
A small, gray-brown and white bird, called a Louisiana waterthrush, being held in a researcher's hand
Apr. 27, 2018
In March, a team of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists traveled to Texas to begin their annual study of birds that travel through the Gulf of Mexico.
Apr. 27, 2018
Find out about events being held at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in May!
A large Asian elephant, Spike, with tusks and gray skin stands in the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Elephant Community Center
Apr. 27, 2018
On April 27, 2018, Asian elephant Spike received a celebratory cake as he explored his new habitat in the Elephant Community Center at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology...
Calaya and Moke explore the Great Ape House outdoor yard.
Apr. 27, 2018
Moke's on the move! The 12-day-old western lowland gorilla at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo continues to do well. 
A male Asian elephant with tusks stands in a brightly lit barn at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Apr. 24, 2018
Asian elephant Spike will receive a celebratory cake as he explores his new habitat in the Elephant Community Center at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
Lady Elliot Reef
Apr. 24, 2018
Smithsonian scientists are part of an expanding global effort set to tackle what could be the most ambitious project in the history of biology—sequencing the DNA of all eukaryotic species on Earth,...
Western lowland gorilla Moke.
Apr. 23, 2018
On Sunday, April 15, at 6:25 p.m., we welcomed our seventh western lowland gorilla at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo!
Asian elephant Spike enjoys some browse in his yard.
Apr. 20, 2018
Get the latest scoop on Asian elephant Spike from animal keeper Amanda Bobyack.
Brown pelican sitting on nest in the Chesapeake Bay.
Apr. 20, 2018
Brown pelicans are a favorite of visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail exhibit. Yet, many zoogoers may not realize that these marine birds call the Chesapeake Bay home. Last...
Takin at the Motithang Takin Preserve in Thimpu, Bhutan.
Apr. 20, 2018
As a wildlife veterinarian for the SCBI’s Global Health Program, Dr. Marc Valitutto was asked to visit and evaluate the Royal Takin Preserve in Thimpu, Bhutan, to help build their veterinary capacity...
Cheetah cub Nandi.
Apr. 20, 2018
Over the last year, a record 91 cheetah cubs have been born at institutions affiliated with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Cheetah Species Survival Plan (SSP). In this Q&A, Smithsonian...
An Asian elephant wearing a GPS satellite collar in a forest in Myanmar
Apr. 19, 2018
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Clemson University scientists have found that poaching is an emerging crisis in Myanmar for Asian elephants.
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke rests on the chest of his mother Calaya
Apr. 17, 2018
On Sunday, April 15, western lowland gorilla Calaya gave birth! Calaya and her newborn son, Moke, are resting and bonding in the Great Ape House.