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Zoo News Archive

Photo of a dragonfly perched on a branch.
Aug. 11, 2023
New research shows limitations to recovery without consistent conservation efforts.
Western lowland gorilla Zahra
Aug. 11, 2023
Our 2-month-old western lowland gorilla infant, Zahra, is very curious about the world around her. Get the latest #GorillaStory update from primate keeper Carolina Powell.
Side view of a large white veterinary transport vehicle (a large truck with a leaping kudu printed on the side).
Aug. 09, 2023
Even lions have to go to the doctor! Luckily for our lioness Shera, that just involves a short ride to our on-site veterinary hospital in a new, state-of-the art veterinary ambulance.
Panamanian golden frog mother and offspring on a white background. The toadlet is sitting on top of its mother's back.
Aug. 04, 2023
An unseasonably strong storm in fall 2022 stirred up some romance between two Panamanian golden frogs. Now, Reptile Discovery Center keepers are caring for more than 400 of the couple’s golden-hued...
Photo of a clapper rail, floating on the surface of a body of water. The rail is a medium sized brown bird with a long beak.
Aug. 04, 2023
There's a new species at the Bird House! Animal keeper Stacy Hill gives us the rundown on the clapper rail.
Giant panda Mei Xiang rests on a log in her outdoor habitat.
Jul. 31, 2023
Why is giant panda Mei Xiang sleeping for longer periods, eating less and denning? After going into estrus this spring, months later, she's experiencing a pseudopregnancy—even though she did not...
Side profile of a flamingo standing in a pool with other flamingos behind it. A gathering of flamingos is called a "flamboyance."
Jul. 28, 2023
From scorching deserts to freezing oceans, birds have developed incredible methods for regulating their body temperatures.
Photo of three people crouching beside a sleeping animal. One of the people is Juliana Velez Gomez.
Jul. 28, 2023
In this Focus on the Future, learn how Juliana Vélez Gómez created wildlife friendly practices that benefited Colombian ranchers, while providing new opportunities for young women in science.
Jul. 26, 2023
Scientists identify best practices for reintroduction of endangered and extinct amphibians in a new publication.
A female giant panda in a grassy enclosure investigates a fruitsicle cake shaped in the number 25.
Jul. 22, 2023
Asia Trail keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., celebrated giant panda Mei Xiang’s 25th birthday.
Giant panda Tian Tian eats a cake-shaped fruitsicle for his birthday.
Jul. 17, 2023
Whether you’re a human or a giant panda, nothing beats a frozen treat on a hot summer day! Learn how to eat like a panda with this refreshing recipe.
Keeper Tallie Wiles feeds grapes to ostrich Linda.
Jul. 16, 2023
In honor of National Zookeeper Week, we're recognizing some of the dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for the animals in our care.
Baby gorilla Zahra looks into the camera while being held by her mother, Calaya.
Jul. 14, 2023
6-week-old baby gorilla Zahra is becoming more curious about the world beyond her mother's protective arms, writes primate keeper Lynne McMahan.
Hereford cow willow sticks out her tongue to touch a tennis ball at the end of a dowel during a training session.
Jul. 12, 2023
Meet our moo-velous cattle: Holstein Magnolia (a.k.a. Maggie) and Hereford Willow! These charming cows are also incredibly intelligent—they have learned medical behaviors that enable our animal care...
Closeup of a one-month-old baby black footed ferret. Its eyes are closed and it has pale fur.
Jul. 05, 2023
Viewers of the black-footed ferret cam, take note: these tiny endangered babies have just passed one month old! 
Photo of Kimberly Todd kneeling in a release pen. Kimberly is a young white woman with shoulder length brown hair. She is outdoors in a grassy plain, within an enclosed space lined with chicken wire.
Jun. 30, 2023
Focus on the Future is a series that seeks to highlight the early career scientists who conduct research at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
Three meerkat pups.
Jun. 30, 2023
From sweet snuggles to sassy vocalization and snatching snacks, it’s been a busy June for our growing meerkat pups! 
Two small black Andean bear cubs named Ian and Sean chew on different ends of a large strip of cardboard.
Jun. 23, 2023
Catch up on the latest news about the Zoo's 7-month-old Andean bear cubs, Ian and Sean. 
Western lowland gorilla infant Zahra at 14 days old.
Jun. 23, 2023
A new #GorillaStory has begun! Get the latest update on our 4-week-old western lowland gorilla, Zahra, from primate keeper Valerie Schultz. 
A carpenter bee gathers pollen from a flower.
Jun. 21, 2023
Curator of horticulture Teresa Vetick gives her top tips to build your own pollinator-friendly garden.
Addax Terri rests beside a fence at the Africa Trail exhibit.
Jun. 15, 2023
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is mourning the loss of a 2-year-old female addax named Terri who died June 12.
Western lowland gorilla baby Zahra is cradles by her mother, Calaya.
Jun. 09, 2023
After five days of public voting and just under 25,000 votes, the baby western lowland gorilla is named Zahra [ZAH-rah], which means “beautiful flower” in Swahili.
Photo of a beaver holding a small biscuit between its paws and eating it.
Jun. 07, 2023
The beaver is one of North America's greatest ecosystem engineers and conservation success stories, and we are thrilled to welcome a second beaver to the American Trail!
Photo of a Bennett's Wallaby standing in a grassy field.
Jun. 07, 2023
Our newest member of the wallaby mob at the Small Mammal House has been named! Meet Winton in this keeper Q&A.
A newborn gorilla infant clings to her mother, Calaya.
Jun. 07, 2023
Over the past few months, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute welcomed some adorable new members to the Zoo family.   Say hello to our newest (and cutest) baby animals!