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Zoo News Archive

Asian elephant Shanthi at the Zoo's Elephant Trails exhibit.
Dec. 06, 2019
An update on Asian elephant Shanthi's osteoarthritis. 
Lesser kudu female Rogue with her newborn male calf behind the scenes at the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station. 
Dec. 06, 2019
On Oct. 15, the Zoo welcomed a bouncing baby to its lesser kudu family! This past week, he joined his mom and brother on exhibit for the first time.
A small monkey, called an emperor tamarin, with dark fur, little ears and a long, curled, whispy, white "mustache" is perched in a tree
Dec. 06, 2019
Meet Fleck and Poe, a pair of emperor tamarin brothers who recently made their debut in Amazonia’s rainforest habitat! Get to know these mischievous monkeys from animal keeper Denny Charlton.
Reproductive scientist looking through a microscope.
Dec. 04, 2019
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have preserved complex ovarian tissues in domestic cats above freezing temperatures by dehydrating them with the help of microwaves.
Bei Bei in his hammock at the Bifengxia Panda Base.
Nov. 27, 2019
Bei Bei is settling in at his new home in China at the Bifengxia panda base. He did very well on the FedEx Panda Express and spent most of the 16-hour trip eating and sleeping.
The main entrance to ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, featuring trees wrapped in holiday lights, light-up pandas and a lit sign that says "ZooLights"
Nov. 22, 2019
Flip the switch event to officially open ZooLights, powered by Pepco, the annual free lights festival at Smithsonian’s National Zoo.  
Member Week at ZooLights
Nov. 21, 2019
From Dec. 1-8, Friends of the National Zoo members get extra perks during Member Week at ZooLights, powered by Pepco.
a keeper feeds a giant panda bamboo in a crate
Nov. 19, 2019
Bei Bei the 4-year-old giant panda, began his journey to China on Nov. 19, 2019.
The main entrance to ZooLights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, featuring trees wrapped in holiday lights, light-up pandas and a lit sign that says "ZooLights"
Nov. 18, 2019
ZooLights—powered by Pepco—is bigger, brighter and better than ever this season. Visitors can join the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in celebrating the holidays with its annual free lights festival. The...
Giant panda Bei Bei stands in the branches of a tree green with foliage
Nov. 16, 2019
“Bye Bye, Bei Bei” (BAY-BAY,) a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bei Bei before he departs for China.
Sept. 8, 2019: Giant panda cub Bei Bei at 2 weeks old.
Nov. 08, 2019
Giant panda Bei Bei knows how to work his angles! Check out some of our favorite snaps of this remarkably photogenic bear from the past four years.
Prehensile-tailed porcupette
Nov. 08, 2019
There is a prickle of excitement at Small Mammal House where keepers discovered that Beatrix, a 2-year-old prehensile-tailed porcupine, gave birth to a porcupette.
Giant panda Bei Bei stands in the branches of a tree green with foliage
Nov. 08, 2019
As we prepare to bid giant panda Bei Bei a fond farewell, we’re taking a look back at some favorite milestones and memorable moments from his time at the Zoo.
Bei Bei in the Sun
Nov. 08, 2019
Follow a day in the life of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda keepers as they care for Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei. 
Giant panda Bei Bei munches on a stalk of bamboo.
Nov. 07, 2019
Media Advisory: Giant panda Bei Bei departs for China Nov. 19.
FONZ Member Passport
Nov. 07, 2019
FONZ members can now have even more fun during their visits to the Smithsonian's National Zoo with the brand-new FONZ Member Passport program, presented by Chase.
Orangutan Lucy
Nov. 01, 2019
How do you get an orangutan to sit still for an electrocardiogram? All it takes is a little patience and a lot of ingenuity! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s positive reinforcement training program...
Bye Bye Bei Bei
Nov. 01, 2019
Members: join FONZ for the Bye Bye, Bei Bei member event!
Bobwhite Quail
Nov. 01, 2019
Forty years ago, the distinctive call of the bobwhite quail could be heard throughout Virginia’s grasslands. Now, their call is fading — silenced by changing farm practices and land development that...
Flamingo Chicks
Nov. 01, 2019
The Zoo's historic Bird House may be under renovation, but that has not stopped the animal care team from bringing native shorebirds, songbirds and waterfowl under their wing to establish best...
African lion female
Nov. 01, 2019
Fall is upon us, which means that it’s a great time to visit the Great Cats exhibit to see our African lions in action! When the temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, the cats are at...
An emperor tamarin, a small monkey with a long white mustache, sitting on a branch.
Oct. 29, 2019
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is home to two new regally mustachioed monkeys. 
Lesser kudu female Rogue with her newborn male calf behind the scenes at the Zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station.
Oct. 24, 2019
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a male lesser kudu calf, who was born Oct. 14 to 5-year-old mother Rogue and 9-year-old father...
A shorebird, called a long-billed curlew, with a long, slender, curved bill, and mottled brown feathers flies over grasslands in Montana
Oct. 22, 2019
Long-billed curlew are shorebirds that spend their summers breeding in the grasslands of Montana. Smithsonian ecologists are equipping them with GPS trackers to learn more about their movements.
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.