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Zoo News Archive

Orangutan Redd sits on the ropes of the O-Line. He is holding the top rope with his right hand. He has a cheeky expression, and has brought his left index finger to his mouth.
Sep. 09, 2022
Summer is drawing to a close, which means our young Bornean orangutan, Redd, will celebrate his sixth birthday soon on Sept. 12. 
Mockingbird Mimi stands in front of a tray holding two pumpkins and several green leaves.
Sep. 09, 2022
Meet Mimi, a 1.5-year-old female mockingbird and animal ambassador in training! 
A female blue-billed curassow chick named Aluna hatched Aug. 5, 2022 at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
Aug. 29, 2022
For the first time, Bird House keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are celebrating the hatching of two critically endangered blue-billed curassows. 
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji approaches an ice cake with a giant red 2 in front and bamboo coming out the back. The cake is sitting in the outdoor yard on a rock formation. Xiao Qi Ji's nose is inches away from the cake. There are decorated boxes behind him
Aug. 21, 2022
This morning, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute celebrated giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s second birthday.
An infrared (black and white) image from a cheetah cub cam showing six cheetahs curled up and intertwined with each other in a small den
Aug. 18, 2022
After 10 months of 24/7 Cheetah Cub Cam, it's time to say goodbye to Rosalie and her five cubs.
Two pandas eating sitting on a rock formation eat an ice cake with bamboo and the number 50.
Aug. 16, 2022
The Zoo’s giant panda cub, Xiao Qi Ji, will celebrate his second birthday Aug. 21 with a specially tailored fruitsicle cake.
Komodo Dragon
Aug. 11, 2022
How do you help a Komodo dragon with arthritis? Our animal care team turned to an innovative treatment to block the inflammation and ease Murphy’s discomfort
two tree trunks extend into a blue sky. green leaves surround the branches.
Aug. 10, 2022
In recent decades, global forest tree growth has dramatically slowed the pace of atmospheric carbon dioxide accumulation and climate change. 
Female Lions Naba, Shera and Amahle
Aug. 03, 2022
As animals age, they have more health care needs. Fortunately, our lions are eager to participate in training that helps us care for them!
a graphic depiction of a bare-throated bellbird, white with a blue neck, singing.  A butterfly, leaves and flowers surround it.
Aug. 03, 2022
When a team of scientists couldn't visit a forest to conduct research, they did it remotely, based on information made available in biodiversity databases.
Brew at the Zoo logo combines the images of an African lion and a hops in an orange/red obmre.
Aug. 02, 2022
On Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., raise your glass for conservation and enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 45 breweries and cideries. 
Female golden lion tamarin Gemma crouches on a branch in an indoor exhibit.
Aug. 02, 2022
As August comes into full swing, get to know the golden lion tamarins from Kenton Kerns, assistant curator of Small Mammal House!
Juvenile sea urchin against a black background. It has light, mottled coloration and short spines jutting out from its spherical center.
Jul. 26, 2022
For the first time, a tropical sea urchin — a species intrinsically linked to the long-term health and survival of coral reefs — was grown successfully from cryopreserved embryos.
A close-up of a hereford cow standing in a snowy outdoor yard
Jul. 25, 2022
Kids’ Farm keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are mourning the loss of Rose—a 19-year-old female Hereford who was humanely euthanized July 25. 
Jul. 25, 2022
With temperatures soaring, the Zoo continues to take good care of its creatures — human and non-human alike! Find out what keepers do for animals in this heat.
Jul. 22, 2022
We want to let you know about an incident that occurred at a company that we use to send email communications to our community about our programs and events. The company, WordFly, was the victim of a...
three cheetahs surround a "chew toy" made of woven recycled firehose
Jul. 22, 2022
At 9 months old, Rosalie's cubs are teething!
Andean bear Brienne on exhibit.
Jul. 21, 2022
Hip hip hooray, it’s Andean Bear Day! To celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite facts about them. Boost your bear IQ and learn what makes them charming, charismatic and unique!
Two clouded leopard cubs with large paws and thick spotted fur rest together on a large tree limb
Jul. 16, 2022
Happy National Zookeeper Week! Meet the dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for the animals in our care.
six cheetahs stand over a food bowl
Jul. 07, 2022
What does feeding time look like for five growing cheetah cubs and their mom? Watch the video to find out how fast Rosalie and her cubs can devour more than 10 pounds of meat.
A black tree monitor (lizard) with dark coloration, an elongated body and a long, slender tail rests on a branch with its head raised
Jul. 01, 2022
Get to know the intelligent, elusive black tree monitor in this Q&A with the assistant curator of Reptile Discovery Center.
Fennec Fox sitting on rock
Jul. 01, 2022
Many of the Zoo’s animals are built for extreme temperatures, including the fennec fox! Learn how animal keepers care for these desert dwelling foxes.
Red panda Xena holds up her left paw.
Jul. 01, 2022
They’re sweet, outgoing and always in the mood for food. Meet Scarlet, Xena and Taizong, the new red pandas at our Front Royal, Virginia, campus!
An eastern tiger swallowtail searches for nectar from a flower.
Jun. 21, 2022
Did you know that the fuzzier an animal is, the better it picks up pollen? Or that most pollination happens by happy accident? Get the buzz on pollinators from Donna Stockton, an entomologist and...
White-naped crane chick receives a meal worm from its parent.
Jun. 17, 2022
For the first time, a whooping crane—one of the most endangered species of crane in the world —hatched May 26 and is thriving at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal,...