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Zoo News Archive

Sep. 05, 2018
Migratory bird conservation is taking flight at zoos and aquariums, according to a new paper published in Zoo Biology. The study outlines the role that Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited...
A Laysan albatross wearing a GPS device.
Sep. 03, 2018
Nearly 50 percent of the planet is covered by the high seas, referred to as the “Wild West” of the ocean and among the least protected areas in the world. In September, the United Nations will...
Gorilla Moke 20 weeks old
Aug. 31, 2018
Follow Primate Keeper Melba Brown's latest #GorillaStory update on 20-week-old western lowland gorilla Moke!
Orangutan Iris in a nest
Aug. 30, 2018
As the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s great apes prepare to go to sleep, they make their beds, then settle in. Just like their wild counterparts, orangutans in zoos build cozy nests.
Marc Valitutto tests a pangolin for diseases at the Saving Vietnam's Wildlife center.
Aug. 30, 2018
Global Health Program veterinarian Dr. Marc Valitutto traveled to the Save Vietnam’s Wildlife center in Cuc Phuong National Park, where hundreds of confiscated pangolins are received each year for...
Virginia Working Landscapes at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Racetrack Hill.
Aug. 30, 2018
Follow a day in the life of Virginia Working Landscapes scientists. 
Andean Bear Beorn
Aug. 30, 2018
During your next visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, look up—there may be a bear in the treetops! Beorn, a 1-year-old Andean bear, joined our Zoo family this summer.
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 29, 2018
If you think a blind, nearly hairless rodent that lives underground can’t get much stranger, then buckle up. There’s a lot more to these weird (and wonderful) rodents than meets the eye!
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 27, 2018
A new naked mole-rat exhibit featuring a colony of 17 of the “nude” rodents at the Small Mammal House will open Sept 1. 
Western lowland gorilla Moke is 18 weeks old.
Aug. 24, 2018
Primate keeper Melba Brown says western lowland gorilla infant Moke's big (and often, humorous) personality is beginning to emerge. 
large hoofed animal with short curved horns and brown fur
Aug. 23, 2018
The iconic song of the American West, “Home on the Range,” got a key detail wrong — buffalo never roamed the region! But bison still do. Isn’t it time you learned why?
animal keeper holding penguin with woman and daughter in the background
Aug. 23, 2018
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Friends of the National Zoo members can get up close with animals from The Maryland Zoo.
Giant panda Bei Bei eats a piece of bamboo from a decorative ice cake he received for his third birthday.
Aug. 22, 2018
Giant panda Bei Bei celebrated his third birthday Aug. 22 with a special ice cake.
Bei Bei turns three years old.
Aug. 22, 2018
Bei Bei turned 3 years old today! In celebration of his big day, Bei Bei enjoyed an ice-cake, participated in an enrichment painting session and received a new panda-friendly enrichment toy.
A group of George Mason University undergrad students pose for a photo in the field in Kenya
Aug. 20, 2018
Twenty undergraduate students from George Mason University joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Global Health Program in the field from July 31 to Aug. 13, 2018.
Moke looking at camera.
Aug. 17, 2018
In her latest update, primate keeper Melba Brown shares that 4-month-old Moke is embarking on a new era of discovery. 
Indigo bunting chicks hatch for the first time in a North American zoo.
Aug. 15, 2018
Bird House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the hatching of two indigo bunting chicks—a first for the Zoo and the North American population in human care.
A close-up photo of an Asian elephant with big ears, a long trunk and large tusks in Myanmar
Aug. 14, 2018
In this three-part video series, follow Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners as they track Myanmar's wild elephants.
A Przewalski's horse colt.
Aug. 14, 2018
A public vote decided the names of three endangered Przewalski’s (sha-VAL-ski) horse colts at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia.
Moke at 4 months old.
Aug. 10, 2018
At 4 months old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke is already solid on his footing and has started giving his mom, Calaya, some good exercise in chasing after him!
Aldabra Tortoise eating grass.
Aug. 10, 2018
Reptile Discovery Center staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Alex, an elderly male Aldabra tortoise who was humanely euthanized Aug. 7. At the time of his death, animal...
Emu Darwin
Aug. 08, 2018
Bird House staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Darwin, an elderly male emu who was humanely euthanized Aug. 3.
A male lion with large paws, a long tail and a thick mane plays with a large boomer ball in an outdoor exhibit
Aug. 07, 2018
Check out the events at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Aug. 25 through Oct. 6, 2018. 
Four Przewalski's horse foals at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Aug. 06, 2018
Four endangered Przewalski’s (sha-VAL-ski) horse foals were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute between March and June. SCBI is asking the public to help name the three colts.
Aquatic caecilian in Amazonia.
Aug. 03, 2018
With a sleek, eel-like body and beady eyes, the aquatic caecilian is quite an unusual amphibian. In this Q&A, animal keeper Denny Charlton shares some of his favorite fun facts about these wiggly...