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Zoo News Archive

Bei Bei
Nov. 16, 2018
Three-year-old giant panda played and tumbled in the snow Thursday, Nov. 15. 
Gorilla Moke at 7 months old.
Nov. 16, 2018
What has 7-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke been up to? Read all about it in the latest keeper update! 
Photo courtesy of Noctiluna Kidswear.
Nov. 09, 2018
Smithsonian’s National Zoo visitors will have the opportunity to find gifts for family and friends at GRUMP, a European-style...
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. 08, 2018
ZooLights, powered by Pepco, is bigger and brighter than ever this season! Celebrate the holidays at this annual free lights festival at the Zoo.
Eld's deer fawn
Nov. 07, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, welcomed a new fawn to its herd of endangered Eld’s deer Oct. 26.
Adopt a Species
Nov. 05, 2018
Big improvements to Adopt a Species packages are here, and don't miss two brand-new animals: the sloth and the Komodo dragon! Get the perfect gift for the conservationist in your life today.
Bonnie and Redd orangutans wrestle in the Great Ape House.
Nov. 02, 2018
What sounds does an infant orangutan make? Primate keeper Erin Stromberg filmed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 2-year-old Bornean orangutan Redd as he pleaded with his mother to share her food. Get...
Dama gazelle calves Gustav (left) and Amaya (right) explore their habitat at the Cheetah Conservation Station.
Nov. 02, 2018
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers are celebrating a dama gazelle baby boom! Two young calves, Gustav and Amaya, recently made their debut. Learn all about the newest members of our herd from...
Western lowland gorilla Moke with blanket, 6 months old.
Nov. 02, 2018
Read the latest update on six-month-old western lowland gorilla infant Moke. 
Two bison -- large mammals with thick fur coats, rounded sharp horns, big heads and large shoulder humps -- walk through tall grass at sunset
Nov. 01, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and American Prairie Reserve are collaborating to protect and restore one of North America’s greatest treasures — the prairie.
Confocal images of a Day 3 larvae showing fluorescence from GFP (left) and distribution of DyLight-coated gold nanorod particles surrounding the larva in cryoprotectant (right).
Oct. 24, 2018
For the first time, scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have successfully cryopreserved (or frozen) and thawed coral larvae from the mushroom coral.
An aerial photo of Myanma's Hpa An region where Linno Cave is located. The area is a mix of rural farmland and forest cover.
Oct. 23, 2018
For the first time, see Smithsonian scientists in the field as they collect blood from bats, sample saliva from macaques and track the movement of flying foxes across Myanmar.
A small bird with black, white and gray feathers, called a Carolina chickadee, holds a green caterpillar in its beak
Oct. 22, 2018
Insect-eating birds that depend on high-calorie, high-protein cuisine (namely caterpillars and spiders) to feed their young are finding the menu severely lacking in backyards landscaped with even a...
A group of baboons seated on a cluster of rocks in Ethiopia at sunset
Oct. 18, 2018
For the past two years, Global Health Program veterinarian Dawn Zimmerman traveled to Awash National Park in Ethiopia to collar hamadryas baboons, helping researchers track the primates and study...
Dama gazelle Fahima and her female calf, born Oct. 9.
Oct. 16, 2018
Just one month after welcoming a male Dama gazelle calf, Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo once again welcomed a new member to the herd. A female calf was born in...
a graphic image of a pumpkin carved with a giant panda face
Oct. 15, 2018
Carve your Halloween pumpkin to look like giant panda Bei Bei today with this downloadable stencil!
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke at 6 months.
Oct. 12, 2018
Moke is six months old and, for the first time, keepers observed him taking his first steps in the outdoor yard independent of his mother!
A screaming hairy armadillo pup in an incubator on a bed of towels.
Oct. 05, 2018
Watch a video and read the latest update on the screaming hairy armadillo pup born Aug. 8, 2018.
Foxcroft School Pangolin Scales
Oct. 05, 2018
As part of the Explorations in Engineering program at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia, students had a rare opportunity to help Smithsonian scientists save two critically endangered species:...
A hawk-headed parrot perched on a food tray
Oct. 05, 2018
Get to know the Zoo's hawk-headed parrot, Boomer, in this Q&A with animal keeper Hilary Colton.
A group of George Mason University students pose in front of a Mount Kenya National Park World Heritage Area building
Oct. 05, 2018
George Mason University students recently traveled to the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya to work with Smithsonian scientists as part of a course on emerging infectious disease.
5-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke sits in a pile of hay and eats leafy greens
Oct. 05, 2018
Read primate keeper Melba Brown's latest update on 5-month-old gorilla Moke.
bumble bee
Oct. 03, 2018
What are pollinators, and why do we need them? Read on to find out why pollinators are so important!
Cheetah Sukiri's three cubs in their den at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Oct. 01, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed a litter of three cheetah cubs Sept. 22. The cubs were born to first-time mother, Sukiri.
White-cheeked gibbon Muneca
Sep. 28, 2018
Primate keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Muneca, a white-cheeked gibbon who was humanely euthanized this morning.