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Zoo News Archive

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. 
Indigo bunting chicks hatch for the first time in a North American zoo.
Aug. 15, 2018
Bird House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the hatching of two indigo bunting chicks—a first for the Zoo and the North American population in human care.
A close-up photo of an Asian elephant with big ears, a long trunk and large tusks in Myanmar
Aug. 14, 2018
In this three-part video series, follow Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners as they track Myanmar's wild elephants.
A Przewalski's horse colt.
Aug. 14, 2018
A public vote decided the names of three endangered Przewalski’s (sha-VAL-ski) horse colts at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia.
Moke at 4 months old.
Aug. 10, 2018
At 4 months old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke is already solid on his footing and has started giving his mom, Calaya, some good exercise in chasing after him!
Aldabra Tortoise eating grass.
Aug. 10, 2018
Reptile Discovery Center staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Alex, an elderly male Aldabra tortoise who was humanely euthanized Aug. 7. At the time of his death, animal...
Emu Darwin
Aug. 08, 2018
Bird House staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Darwin, an elderly male emu who was humanely euthanized Aug. 3.
A male lion with large paws, a long tail and a thick mane plays with a large boomer ball in an outdoor exhibit
Aug. 07, 2018
Check out the events at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Aug. 25 through Oct. 6, 2018. 
Four Przewalski's horse foals at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Aug. 06, 2018
Four endangered Przewalski’s (sha-VAL-ski) horse foals were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute between March and June. SCBI is asking the public to help name the three colts.
Aquatic caecilian in Amazonia.
Aug. 03, 2018
With a sleek, eel-like body and beady eyes, the aquatic caecilian is quite an unusual amphibian. In this Q&A, animal keeper Denny Charlton shares some of his favorite fun facts about these wiggly...
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke is 15 months old
Aug. 03, 2018
Primate keeper Melba Brown shares the latest news about 15-week-old western lowland gorilla Moke. 
Bornean orangutan infant Redd at 22 months old.
Aug. 02, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s charismatic Bornean orangutan infant, Redd, will celebrate his second birthday Sept. 12! Since the last update in February, he has hit some major milestones. Get the...
Moke chewing food.
Jul. 27, 2018
Check out the latest update on our 3.5-month-old gorilla infant from primate keeper Melba Brown. 
Kids' Farm
Jul. 26, 2018
On Saturday, Aug. 18, FONZ members will have the exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo's barnyard animals.
Brew at the Zoo
Jul. 24, 2018
During Brew at the Zoo last Thursday, Friends of the National Zoo members took part in a special, one-day-only Cyber Safari scavenger hunt around the Zoo.
Cheetah cubs in their yard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Jul. 20, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed a litter of seven chirping cheetah cubs July 9. The cubs appear to be healthy and doing well.
Course participants doing an exercise.
Jul. 20, 2018
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists work in more than 25 countries around the world. They recently took their expertise to the Amazon in Peru, where they hosted a course to help...
Students flying drones
Jul. 20, 2018
Grassland birds incubate their nests at around 86 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough for a drone outfitted with a thermal camera to detect. Virginia Working Landscapes and students at James Madison...
Western lowland gorilla Moke samples some lettuce.
Jul. 20, 2018
Now that our 13-week-old western lowland gorilla infant Moke is practicing his walking skills, we are beginning to see some interesting changes in the social dynamics of our mixed-sex troop.
Jul. 18, 2018
The safety and security of the visitors, staff and animals are the No. 1 priority at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The Zoo will host a public meeting on Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Luke Lion
Jul. 16, 2018
In honor of National Zookeeper Week, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is featuring some of the dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for the animals in our...
a black footed ferret sits on a rock
Jul. 13, 2018
Find the answers to some of the most-searched questions about black-footed ferrets, North America’s only native ferret species! These playful animals were once thought to be extinct but have made an...
Three-month-old western lowland gorilla Moke attempts to walk.
Jul. 13, 2018
Western lowland gorilla Moke is learning to walk! This week, he spent some quality time with 9-year-old Kibibi.
A goat laying down to rest on a platform with grass in the background
Jul. 11, 2018
Think ewe know all there is to know about goats, pigs, donkeys and moooo-re? These Kids’ Farm animal facts may have you stumped!
Oryx calf born via artificial insemination July 2018.
Jul. 10, 2018
A scimitar-horned oryx calf was born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, June 30. The calf was conceived by artificial insemination with sperm that was...