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Zoo News Archive

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...
Jan. 15, 2013
Things in the lion house have been fairly
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. 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.
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.
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.
Jan. 02, 2013
If you have visited the Cheetah Conservation Station at the Smithsonian's National Zoo lately, you may have noticed new red river hog or sitatunga, and wondered: what are they? All your questions...
Dec. 21, 2012
Forget two turtle doves—we've got two bearing bears! Our 18-year-old sloth bear Hana gave birth to a single cub around 8:30 a.m. on December 19, 2012—which happens to be her birthday, too!
Dec. 20, 2012
Check out these reindeer facts from Don Moore, an animal behaviorist, wildlife biologist and educator with the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
bear cubs in den
Dec. 13, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Andean bear cubs born overnight to 6-year-old Billie Jean. The first cub was born around 12:01 a.m. and the second at 2:02 a.m.
Relocating Elephants Fails to Decrease Human?ÑÐWildlife Conflict
Dec. 10, 2012
Human—elephant conflict in Sri Lanka kills more than 70 humans and 200 Asian elephants every year. One of the most common tools in combating these conflicts is moving the elephants into ranges away...
Dec. 07, 2012
Let me star
ultrasound display
Dec. 07, 2012
As the world celebrated the pregnancy news from Buckingham Palace earlier in the week, staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were making preparations for their own highly anticipated birth: Andean...
Nov. 26, 2012
The Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel—one of the only solar-powered carousels in the world—is now open at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.