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Zoo News Archive

A cheetah cub and mother laying in the grass
Dec. 13, 2017
A new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is helping to make headway in an area of animal management that has historically proven challenging: the breeding of cheetahs under...
Animal pillows
Dec. 06, 2017
ZooLights visitors will have the opportunity to attend GRUMP, a European-style outdoor market, Dec. 15, 16 and 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Day in the Life of a Bird House Keeper
Dec. 01, 2017
Caring for many species—from the itty bitty indigo bunting to the giant greater rhea—is all in a day’s work for keepers behind the scenes at the Zoo's Bird House.
Quito at the Zoo Duisburg in Germany
Dec. 01, 2017
Next week, 4-year-old male Andean bear Quito will make his debut at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo! Get the scoop on the new guy in town from animal keeper Sara Colandrea and assistant curator Leigh...
Western Lowland Gorilla Calaya
Dec. 01, 2017
When western lowland gorilla Calaya first arrived at the Zoo, she was unfamiliar with many husbandry behaviors. Then, one Day, animal keeper Melba Brown had an 'aha' moment. She noticed that Calaya...
Two Guam rail chicks and an adult Guam rail standing on the ground just behind a tray of food
Nov. 30, 2017
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute hatched two Guam rail chicks earlier this month. The hatchings are a boon for the species, which is currently classified as “extinct in the wild” by the...
Bei Bei
Nov. 29, 2017
Bei Bei started showing signs of abdominal discomfort overnight Saturday, Nov. 25. As a result, the panda team began monitoring him closely. He passed a mucous stool on Sunday, Nov. 26, and began...
Western Lowland Gorilla Calaya
Nov. 24, 2017
Excitement abounds at the Great Ape House as animal keepers prepare western lowland gorilla Calaya for motherhood. Even before she arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in 2015, the Association...
a flock of birds flies over beach waves
Nov. 22, 2017
With a new statistical tool from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, researchers can take data and better understand the strength of migratory connectivity—whether and when populations spread out...
Przewalski's horse colt Zygmund
Nov. 22, 2017
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Przewalksi's horse colt Zygmund (or “Ziggy” as keepers affectionately refer to him) is growing into a powerful stallion. 
Nov. 20, 2017
Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Director Dennis Kelly plans to retire after a temporary appointment as the interim president of Smithsonian Enterprises. Effective Monday...
An Asian longhorned beetle illustrated by artist Maggie Gourlay
Nov. 15, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, in collaboration with CulturalDC, will host Washington, D.C.’s first mobile art gallery during ZooLights, powered by Pepco, the Zoo’s annual free holiday lights...
Tian Tian receiving a full veterinary exam.
Nov. 15, 2017
Tian Tian had a preventative health exam yesterday. He was taken to the veterinary hospital, which allowed our veterinarians to get an up-close and in-depth look at him while he was under anesthesia.
FONZ members on conservation carousel during ZooLights
Nov. 07, 2017
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, powered by Pepco, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all...
Zoo staff train colleagues in India.
Nov. 03, 2017
Smithsonian staff recently traveled to India, where they are training colleagues on best practices in animal care, husbandry and veterinary medicine.
Norway rat at Think Tank.
Nov. 03, 2017
Picture an intelligent mammal. One whose smarts are not only key to their survival but also, in certain situations, to that of humans. The Norway rat may not come first to mind, but its ability to...
Small Mammal House keepers clean the lemur exhibit.
Nov. 03, 2017
Some of the Zoo’s most marvelous mammals are also the smallest—from alluring armadillos to endearing naked mole-rats. More than 35 species are on the move at the Small Mammal House, and it takes a...
Western lowland gorilla Calaya in the Great Ape House outdoor habitat.
Nov. 03, 2017
For the first time in nine years, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla.
Female kiwi chick
Nov. 01, 2017
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and the Embassy of New Zealand in the United States are asking animal lovers to help name an endangered female brown kiwi...
A Przewalski's horse running through the grass with large boulders in the background
Nov. 01, 2017
In September, Conservation Ecology Center researcher John McEvoy traveled to Mongolia to study the movement behavior of reintroduced Przewalski’s horses—the last of the truly wild horse species.
Great Barrier Coral Reef
Oct. 30, 2017
As global warming, acidification and disease threaten a healthy future for the world’s coral reefs, conservationists in recent years have turned to the lab to study advanced reproductive methods,...
Connecticut Avenue ZooLights Entrance Pandas
Oct. 26, 2017
ZooLights—powered by Pepco—at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is wilder than ever and a perfect holiday event for everyone in the family. Now in its 11th year, the annual free lights festival twinkles...
Prehensile-tailed porcupette born Oct. 19.
Oct. 25, 2017
Small Mammal House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine Oct 19.
guests holding light-up tumblers at BrewLights
Oct. 24, 2017
Every winter, the Smithsonian's National Zoo stays open late and lights up with holiday magic during ZooLights, powered by Pepco. And there's nothing better than a brilliantly lit winter wonderland...
White-cheeked giboon
Oct. 17, 2017
Tuyen, a 10-year-old female white-cheeked gibbon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, was humanely euthanized Oct. 12, after suffering from progressive neurologic disease and acute seizures.