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Zoo News Archive

May. 12, 2012
A family group of Asian small-clawed otters arrived at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this spring!
May. 11, 2012
As new development projects take over pristine wilderness, national parks provide some of the last safe havens for wildlife.
Infrastructure Supporting National Parks May Provide Poachers Easier Access to Wildlife
May. 11, 2012
As new development projects take over pristine wilderness, national parks provide some of the last safe havens for wildlife.
several otters
May. 10, 2012
As the U.S. Olympic Swim Team prepares to go for the gold in London, a new family of Asian small-clawed otters (Amblonyx cinereus) is making quite a splash of their own at the National Zoo.
May. 08, 2012
What: An exclusive media preview of the Zoo's 11 new Asian small-clawed otters. Their names will be revealed. Who: Tallie Wiles, animal keeper, Asia Trail
ZooFari
May. 07, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo feeds 400 species regularly, but on May 17 Friends of the National Zoo will host the human species at ZooFari, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited on a...
May. 02, 2012
When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it is not the radio they have left on.
May. 02, 2012
When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it is not the radio they have left on.
May. 01, 2012
Hi, my name is Marie Galloway. I am the elephant manager here at National Zoo. Those of you that have been following our website for a long time might remember me from the "Moving In" blog.
May. 01, 2012
The new exhibit at Small Mammal House uses radiographs and artifacts to explain the relationship between body structure and behavior of animals. Visitors will see some interesting X-rays and learn...
people standing
Apr. 30, 2012
Giant panda breeding season began this year at the Smithsonian's National Zoo when female giant panda, Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), went into estrus over the weekend. Dr.
Apr. 20, 2012
Two young adult Asian small-clawed otters, from a new family of 13, died late yesterday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Apr. 18, 2012
Genetic analysis can give researchers a wealth of information about an individual animal or an entire population.
two oryx
Apr. 18, 2012
Visitors strolling through the Smithsonian's National Zoo one of these beautiful spring days will see a variety of baby animals, some new faces and enjoy an entirely new food experience.
Apr. 15, 2012
Guntur is officially the newest resident o
Apr. 13, 2012
Birds provide one of the most common ways to encounter nature in cities, but few people wonder how their actions affect birds looking for love.
Apr. 06, 2012
Many factors affect the future of forests, making it complicated to develop predictions about where they will disappear and where they will flourish, what types of trees they will include and how...
panda eating bamboo
Apr. 04, 2012
Two new research papers by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners will help conservation biologists make strides in saving the fewer than 1,600 giant pandas left in the...
mom and baby monkey
Apr. 02, 2012
Spring is in full swing at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and the Small Mammal House—which celebrated the birth of a black howler monkey (Alouatta caraya) March 22—is no exception.
National Zoo Gorillas are the First to Participate in Heart Disease Study
Mar. 29, 2012
The same device used to detect early warning signs of heart disease in humans will now benefit two male sub-adult gorillas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Mar. 22, 2012
Part of the mission of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., is to provide exciting and enriching experiences for approximately 2 million annual local, national and...
oryx walking
Mar. 22, 2012
The National Zoo's 21-year-old female scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah), Liberty, was euthanized this morning.
On St. Patrick's Day
Mar. 16, 2012
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, animals--and their keepers--at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station got into the holiday spirit.