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Zoo News Archive

Mar. 12, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old female maned wolf named Diamantina, who died March 8. A final pathology report will provide more information in the coming weeks.
Mar. 05, 2013
As we continue our Elephant Trails photo blog series, our next stop is their house. These photos of Elephant Trails would not be complete without a view of our elephant's indoor living areas.
Mar. 04, 2013
Mar. 01, 2013
In 2008 the Smithsonian, along wit
Feb. 27, 2013
In addition to the research Zoo scientists and their Chinese colleagues conduct on giant pandas, they also study red pandas. In this update Dr.
Feb. 26, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washingtonian magazine are asking kids for help in welcoming the Zoo's elephants to their new Elephant Community Center.
Feb. 20, 2013
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black and white bear cub being examined
Feb. 20, 2013
The eight-week-old Andean bear cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's received a clean bill of health today from the Zoo veterinarians. The veterinary team performed a complete physical exam Feb.
Feb. 14, 2013
Over the next few months we'll be bringing you giant panda updates that will focus on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and the research Zoo scientists conduct related to giant pandas around the world.
sparrows
Feb. 13, 2013
Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating?
Feb. 12, 2013
We're so glad you're enjoying watching our bear cub cams, both Andean and sloth! We're thrilled to be able to share this experience with you.
Feb. 10, 2013
It's clear from watching the Sloth Bear Cam that this little cub has a lot of personality—just like Hana!
Feb. 07, 2013
Seven days and counting. . .
Feb. 01, 2013
This Valentine's Day, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is offering valentines a unique way to show their love for their family and friends.
Feb. 01, 2013
The Gorilla Species Survival Plan (SSP) is dedicated to providing a healthy, genetically diverse and self-sustaining population of Western Lowland gorillas in zoos across the United States.
Jan. 30, 2013
Hana and the cub continue to do well! Keepers are seeing the cub sit up more but it still hasn't tried to climb onto Hana's back.
Jan. 29, 2013
Mei Xiang's den has been transformed for the new breeding season! Observant panda cam viewers have no doubt seen the difference in the configuration of the barred barriers.
Orangutan touching an ipad
Jan. 22, 2013
When great ape keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were deciding how to add more variety and enrichment to their animals' lives, they turned to Orangutan Outreach and a program that had seen...
Jan. 19, 2013
Time flies: Our sloth bear cub is one month old today! Hana continues to be very attentive to him or her, and keepers are still monitoring the pair closely through their closed-circuit cam.
Jan. 18, 2013
One of the biggest questions scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) were working hand-in-hand with their colleagues in China to understand in the late 1990s was: why are...
Keeper with a kiwi
Jan. 15, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a global leader in brown kiwi conservation largely because of Animal Keeper Kathy Brader's efforts, and her devotion to this endangered species was honored recently...
Jan. 15, 2013
Things in the lion house have been fairly
Jan. 14, 2013
As rapid economic expansion continues to shape the Asian landscape on which many species depend, time is running out for conservationists aiming to save wildlife such as tigers and leopards.