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Zoo News Archive

Oct. 28, 2012
For 9 years we have monitored the small mammals and migratory birds in 12 areas, 6 of which were fenced to exclude deer.
Oct. 28, 2012
By Kimberly Terrell, Wildlife Biologist A team of scientists and keepers is traveling all over the eastern United States this year to study a unique and amazing animal: the hellbender.
baby dama gazelle
Oct. 26, 2012
Last month, the Smithsonian's National Zoo celebrated the birth of its sprightly male dama gazelle calf, born Sept. 4 to mother Fahima. Five weeks later, three-year-old Zafirah gave birth to a female...
Oct. 26, 2012
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and George Mason University formalized a partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding Oct.
Oct. 26, 2012
Media Only: Devin Murphy 202-633-3055 TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Boo at the Zoo Kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 WHAT:Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 25, 2012
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute reproductive biologist Dr. Janine Brown has been named this year's winner of the Morris Animal Foundation's Innovation in Veterinary Medicine Award.
light display at night
Oct. 24, 2012
Come see the Smithsonian's National Zoo in a whole new light during ZooLights—powered by Pepco! Beginning Nov. 23, Friends of the National Zoo invites guests to stroll through the Zoo under the glow...
Oct. 19, 2012
This holiday season, shop at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for gifts your loved ones will give a hoot, whoop and roar about! Spot a great find for the animal person in your life during your next...
Oct. 18, 2012
Traditionally, biologists have gathered basic inform
Oct. 18, 2012
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a unique program in terms of its academic offerings and contributions to the field of conservation,...
Oct. 15, 2012
The cats got a present!
Oct. 15, 2012
Last week, we bid a bittersweet farewell
Oct. 11, 2012
After examining the giant panda cub that died six days after it was born to mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, the Zoo's team of pathologists found that lung and liver...
Oct. 10, 2012
WHAT:Media will be informed about the results from the panda cub necropsy and receive an update about the mother giant panda. WHEN:Thursday, Oct. 11
Oct. 09, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo euthanized a young black howler monkey, Loki, Sunday, Oct. 7, because she was ill from complications of metabolic bone disease. This disease is a vitamin D, calcium and...
gingerbread house
Oct. 04, 2012
Friends of the National Zoo calls all baking enthusiasts to enter the annual Gin-GRR-Bread Habitat Contest at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. This year's theme is, A Winter's Tail on the American...
Oct. 02, 2012
WHAT: Autumn Conservation Festival WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
scarily decorated exhibit at night
Oct. 02, 2012
The 14th annual Boo at the Zoo promises to be a howling good time filled with costumed families and fun at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Oct. 26, 27, and 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sep. 27, 2012
As any butterfly watcher knows,
Sep. 24, 2012
Pathologists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo performed a necropsy (animal autopsy) Sept. 23 on the six-day-old giant panda cub that died earlier that morning.
Sep. 22, 2012
It's hard to believe that another year has passed since the birth of Naba and Shera's cubs, yet here we are planning their second birthday celebration!
Sep. 20, 2012
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced Sept.
panda in bamboo
Sep. 20, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang gave Panda Cam viewers another sneak peek of her cub, born Sunday Sept. 16. At about 7:54 a.m. Sept.
Panda in straw
Sep. 18, 2012
Smithsonian's National Zoo staff and Panda Cam watchers have gotten several quick glimpses of female giant panda Mei Xiang's cub since its birth Sept. 16 at 10:46 p.m. In this video from Sept. 17. at...
Sep. 17, 2012
Mei Xiang, the National Zoo's female giant panda gave birth to a cub Sunday, Sept. 16 at 10:46 p.m.