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Zoo News Archive

Western lowland gorilla Moke at 23 weeks old.
Sep. 21, 2018
Friends of the National Zoo volunteers are helping primate keepers monitor how our western lowland gorillas interact with one another, says primate keeper Melba Brown. 
Child on bee at Me and The Bee playground
Sep. 19, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing over a new pollinator-themed playground: Me and the Bee, sponsored by Land O’Lakes Inc. Adjacent to the Kids’ Farm and Conservation Pavilion, Me and the Bee...
A professional head shot of Steven Monfort, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Sep. 19, 2018
Steven Monfort has been named the John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, effective Sept. 17.
The Good of The Hive artist Matthew Willey
Sep. 17, 2018
The façade of the Great Ape House is getting a “bee-autiful” makeover. Beginning Sept. 17, artist Matthew Willey will put paint to the popular primate exhibit, creating a larger-than-life swarm of...
5-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke
Sep. 14, 2018
Moke is 5 months old! Check out primate keeper Melba Brown's latest update on our western lowland gorillas. 
A zookeeper holds a newborn dama gazelle calf at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Sep. 13, 2018
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers are celebrating the birth of a critically endangered Dama gazelle.
Moke enjoying an ice treat.
Sep. 07, 2018
Western lowland gorilla Moke celebrated his mom's birthday and is learning through play, says primate keeper Melba Brown. 
Cheetah cubs in their yard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Sep. 06, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's seven cubs are thriving! They received a clean bill of health at their first veterinary exam.
Students posing wearing protective clothing wildlife scientists studying zoonotic diseases wear in the field.
Sep. 06, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, will host a day of science-filled activities for college and high school-aged students Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
A wolf fish with its mouth open displaying sharp teeth
Sep. 05, 2018
Smithsonian researchers are busy in the Peruvian Amazon monitoring wildlife around areas where pipelines, roads and other infrastructure may be built.
Sep. 05, 2018
Migratory bird conservation is taking flight at zoos and aquariums, according to a new paper published in Zoo Biology. The study outlines the role that Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited...
A Laysan albatross wearing a GPS device.
Sep. 03, 2018
Nearly 50 percent of the planet is covered by the high seas, referred to as the “Wild West” of the ocean and among the least protected areas in the world. In September, the United Nations will...
Gorilla Moke 20 weeks old
Aug. 31, 2018
Follow Primate Keeper Melba Brown's latest #GorillaStory update on 20-week-old western lowland gorilla Moke!
Orangutan Iris in a nest
Aug. 30, 2018
As the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s great apes prepare to go to sleep, they make their beds, then settle in. Just like their wild counterparts, orangutans in zoos build cozy nests.
Marc Valitutto tests a pangolin for diseases at the Saving Vietnam's Wildlife center.
Aug. 30, 2018
Global Health Program veterinarian Dr. Marc Valitutto traveled to the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife center in Cuc Phuong National Park, where hundreds of confiscated pangolins are received each year for...
Virginia Working Landscapes at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Racetrack Hill.
Aug. 30, 2018
Follow a day in the life of Virginia Working Landscapes scientists. 
Andean Bear Beorn
Aug. 30, 2018
During your next visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, look up—there may be a bear in the treetops! Beorn, a 1-year-old Andean bear, joined our Zoo family this summer.
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 29, 2018
If you think a blind, nearly hairless rodent that lives underground can’t get much stranger, then buckle up. There’s a lot more to these weird (and wonderful) rodents than meets the eye!
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 27, 2018
A new naked mole-rat exhibit featuring a colony of 17 of the “nude” rodents at the Small Mammal House will open Sept 1. 
Western lowland gorilla Moke is 18 weeks old.
Aug. 24, 2018
Primate keeper Melba Brown says western lowland gorilla infant Moke's big (and often, humorous) personality is beginning to emerge. 
large hoofed animal with short curved horns and brown fur
Aug. 23, 2018
The iconic song of the American West, “Home on the Range,” got a key detail wrong — buffalo never roamed the region! But bison still do. Isn’t it time you learned why?
animal keeper holding penguin with woman and daughter in the background
Aug. 23, 2018
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Friends of the National Zoo members can get up close with animals from The Maryland Zoo.
Giant panda Bei Bei eats a piece of bamboo from a decorative ice cake he received for his third birthday.
Aug. 22, 2018
Giant panda Bei Bei celebrated his third birthday Aug. 22 with a special ice cake.
Bei Bei turns three years old.
Aug. 22, 2018
Bei Bei turned 3 years old today! In celebration of his big day, Bei Bei enjoyed an ice-cake, participated in an enrichment painting session and received a new panda-friendly enrichment toy.
Moke looking at camera.
Aug. 17, 2018
In her latest update, primate keeper Melba Brown shares that 4-month-old Moke is embarking on a new era of discovery.