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Zoo News Archive

A male common yellowthroat (a small migratory bird) perched on a branch. It has mostly yellow feathers with black-and-white face feathers, and a green band on its right leg.
May. 05, 2021
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has long championed the simple idea that birds matter. When we take care of birds, we take care of the interconnected natural systems that we all depend upon for...
First photograph of Bornean Rajah scops owl in the wild.
May. 03, 2021
The Bornean subspecies of Rajah scops owl (Otus brookii brookii), documented in the wild for the first time since 1892, may be its own unique species and deserving of a conservation designation....
Brilliant lime green frog with yellow accents on its flanks and toes. Its eyes are huge and black with a narrow pale white iris
May. 02, 2021
'Hoppy' Amphibian Awareness Week! All week long, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute will be sharing stories about amazing amphibians and the scientists working to save...
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji up a tree.
Apr. 30, 2021
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji is very engaged with his surroundings! Soon, he will start husbandry training, enabling him to participate in his own healthcare. See more videos in keeper Mariel Lally’s #...
Francesca Vitali takes a knee in a sandy area of Kenya. She's wearing a navy Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute shirt and is pointing to wildlife footprints in the sand.
Apr. 30, 2021
Crash into May with black rhinos, Zoo Guardians’ animal of the month! Dr. Francesca Vitali is a wildlife veterinarian and Morris Animal Foundation postdoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian...
A closeup of a southern cassowary's face.
Apr. 30, 2021
Standing eye-to-eye with a southern cassowary, it is easy to see how this giant bird is considered the dinosaurs’ closest living relative. In October 2020, we took two of these avian ambassadors...
Hartmann's mountain zebra Yipes runs across an open pasture at SCBI.
Apr. 30, 2021
Spring’s arrival brought about some big changes in the life of our 9-month-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra colt, Yipes. 
A male Asian elephant, named Spike, with large white tusks and a long trunk stands outside in the sun near a pool of water at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Apr. 29, 2021
How do animal keepers take a blood sample from an elephant or examine a big cat's teeth? Find out how training helps keepers care for animals that they can't share a physical space with in this...
Brood X cicada nymph emerging from the dirt.
Apr. 29, 2021
The 17-year Brood X cicadas are here and for some Zoo animals it's the beginning of a tasty bug buffet.
Lesser kudu calf laying down in the sand.
Apr. 29, 2021
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a male lesser kudu calf, who was born Mar. 28 to 7-year-old mother Rogue and 10-year-old father...
The Smithsonian's National Zoo reopened on July 24.
Apr. 23, 2021
The Smithsonian will reopen eight of its facilities to the public in May, starting with the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, Wednesday, May 5....
A volunteer uses a shovel to move something off a log in a grassy exhibit yard
Apr. 19, 2021
National Volunteer Appreciation Week (April 19-23, 2021), carves out a much-deserved moment of time to recognize volunteer service. 
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji gnaws on a kong toy while sitting atop a scale.
Apr. 16, 2021
In a playful battle over bamboo, Mei Xiang is always victorious. Get the latest news on our giant panda mother and her cub, Xiao Qi Ji, in keeper Nicole MacCorkle’s #PandaStory update. 
Western lowland gorilla Moke perches atop a log in his outdoor enclosure at the Great Ape House.
Apr. 15, 2021
Today, our boisterous, intelligent and loving western lowland gorilla Moke turns 3 years old! Primate keeper Emily Bricker shares her favorite memories to celebrate Moke's big day. 
Two cheetah cubs lay on a hammock bed in their yard.
Apr. 08, 2021
Celebrate Amabala, Erindi, Jabari and Hasani's first birthdays! Join animal keepers Amber Dedrick, Adri Kopp, and Becky Merritt and Cheetah biologist Adrienne Croiser as they look back on our cheetah...
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs Aloke and Wiley nibble on their flower-themed fruitsicle cake.
Apr. 07, 2021
Our lemurs celebrated their birthdays April 6 with a gorgeous cherry blossom-themed cake! Get the story behind the celebration from primate keeper Emily Bricker. 
A baby leaf-tailed gecko sitting on a leaf laps up medicine from a syringe with its tongue
Apr. 02, 2021
From salamanders to siamangs, prairie dogs to pandas, and everything in between, all Zoo animals receive veterinary care. Often, that means an animal needs to take medicine. Find out how keepers and...
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji sits upright eating a sweet potato.
Apr. 02, 2021
Recently, giant panda mother Mei Xiang accompanied her cub, Xiao Qi Ji, for a climb! Watch the video and see more of our curious cub’s playful adventures. 
Matt Evans holds a brown tree frog in an outdoor workspace in Panama.
Apr. 02, 2021
Leap into learning what it takes to care for some of the frogs found in Zoo Guardians and at Smithsonian’s National Zoo from Matt Evans, assistant curator of the Reptile Discovery Center.
Aldabra Tortoise in the grass
Apr. 02, 2021
Aldabra tortoises may be slow and steady, but they are also full of surprises! Did you know that they can live to be more than 150 years old, or that their shells are sensitive to the touch? Get to...
Przewalski's horse Cooper stands in the grass of his exhibit.
Apr. 02, 2021
Two new neighbors have arrived at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Meet Przewalski’s horse mother-son duo, Barbie and Cooper! 
Clouded leopard Ariel stands on a tree branch in her outdoor enclosure.
Apr. 02, 2021
Say hello to Ariel! This sweet and social clouded leopard just joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s breeding program. She has the smarts to solve puzzle feeders and seems smitten...
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji stands atop the hammock in his outdoor habitat.
Mar. 19, 2021
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji is exploring new sites and climbing to new heights! Get the scoop on his latest adventures in keeper Nicole MacCorkle’s #PandaStory update.
A lantern fly with a big body and large, patterned wings held in a researcher's hands
Mar. 17, 2021
Artificial light at night is a major factor in global insect decline. Smithsonian scientists and partners found that using amber-colored filters to remove the blue spectra of light from “warm white”...
One of the 11-month-old cheetah cubs lays on a fire hose hammock bed in its yard.
Mar. 15, 2021
Now that Echo's four cubs are 11 months old, keepers have started to train them to eat from their own bowls. Find out how the cheetah cubs are doing in this update.