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Zoo News Archive

Nov. 27, 2011
Sparkling brighter than ever in its fifth straight year at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, ZooLights-- powered by Pepco--remains the only free holiday light show in the Washington-Metro area.
Nov. 27, 2011
After voting polls closed at noon today, black-footed ferret keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., revealed the ferret webcam star’s new name—on the webcam.
Nov. 01, 2011
Introduction
Oct. 27, 2011
Changes in North American ecosystems over the past 150 years have caused coyotes to move from their native habitats in the plains and southwestern deserts of North America to habitats throughout the...
Oct. 27, 2011
She is small, she is cute and she is a webcam star. But this little black-footed ferret, born April 15 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., does not have a name.
Oct. 27, 2011
Using one of the largest DNA data sets for a group of birds and employing next-generation sequencing methods, Smithsonian scientists and collaborators have determined the evolutionary family tree for...
Oct. 27, 2011
Veterinary and pathology experts from the Smithsonian Institution, University of Illinois and the Wildlife Conservation Society will conduct a five-day training workshop for pathologists in Vietnam,...
Oct. 27, 2011
Twenty years ago today, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed naked mole-rats (Heterocephalus glaber) into its collection.
Oct. 27, 2011
HANOI, Vietnam – Project Predator, an initiative to protect and save the world's last surviving wild tigers was unveiled today at the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly, a gathering of global law...
Oct. 27, 2011
Human history has never seen a more pivotal time for wildlife.
Oct. 01, 2011
By Tony Barthel, Curator of Large Mammals at the National Zoo
Sep. 27, 2011
Pierre Comizzoli, a gamete biologist at SCBI’s Center for Species Survival received one of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Sep. 27, 2011
Thunder, lightning and strong winds greeted the National Zoo’s two female red panda cubs when they were born June 17, and that stormy night has now determined their names.
Sep. 27, 2011
Smithsonian’s National Zoo Director Dennis W. Kelly has been elected to serve on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Board of Directors.
Sep. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Communications Team won the prestigious PR News Platinum Award!
Sep. 27, 2011
The black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct in the wild, was rediscovered in 1981 with a small population of 24 animals in Wyoming―30 years later the species’ future is brighter than ever.
Sep. 27, 2011
The lion cubs—John, Fahari, Zuri, Lelie, Baruti, Aslan and Lusaka—will receive wrapped presents containing individual-sized “bloodcicles” (frozen treats composed of blood and bones).
Sep. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo cares for some of the rarest species on earth, including the Micronesian kingfisher (Todiramphus c. cinnamominus), a bird that has been extinct in the wild for more...
Sep. 27, 2011
The lion cubs—John, Fahari, Zuri, Lelie, Baruti, Aslan and Lusaka—will receive wrapped presents containing individual-sized “bloodcicles” (frozen treats composed of blood and bones).
Sep. 27, 2011
The birth of a Persian onager at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 7, is a boon for a vital program that seeks innovative ways to manage...
Aug. 27, 2011
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have discovered why older female cheetahs are rarely able to reproduce—and hope to use this information to introduce vital new genes...
Aug. 27, 2011
The National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporidia of Terrestrial Vertebrates will hold a three-day meeting starting this Friday, August 5 to address various...
Aug. 27, 2011
For the first time in decades, researchers have found a new bird species in the United States.
Aug. 27, 2011
The vibrations from yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake were keenly felt at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park; all animals, staff and visitors were safe and no injuries were reported.