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Zoo News Archive

African Lion
Apr. 14, 2017
Sometimes, even top predators need a leg up in order to survive. The recent boom in Kenya’s human population prompted people to sprawl and build their homes on the savannah. As a result, increased...
Robber Frog
Apr. 14, 2017
When researchers discovered Craugastor evanesco in the rainforests of Panama, they called it the vanishing robber frog. Now, however, the species may have a fighting chance at a future thanks to the...
Sierra Nevada mountains
Apr. 14, 2017
La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia hosts incredible biodiversity, high concentration of endemic species and serves as an important point for migratory bird species as a stopover site and as...
Saving Frogs with Science
Apr. 12, 2017
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists are saving frogs with science. Release trials in the wild begin spring 2017. On Earth Day weekend, the Smithsonian is convening the Earth...
Scimitar-horned Oryx
Apr. 12, 2017
Extinct in the wild for more than 35 years, scimitar-horned oryx are back in their native habitat thanks to international collaboration and the power of science.
Tenasserim Mountain bent-toed gecko on a rock
Apr. 12, 2017
Smithsonian scientists have discovered two new gecko species, the Lenya banded bent-toed gecko and Tenasserim Mountain bent-toed gecko, in the little-studied lowland forests of Myanmar.
Batang and Redd on the O-Line.
Apr. 10, 2017
On April 4, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s nearly 7-month-old male Bornean orangutan, Redd, took his first trip on the O-Line carried by his mother, Batang. The 50-foot-high suspended cable track...
Zikki
Apr. 10, 2017
Keepers at the National Zoo’s Small Mammal House are mourning the loss of Zikki, a golden-headed lion tamarin who was humanely euthanized April 8. At 17 years old, Zikki was considered geriatric for...
A group of cheetah cubs sits in the straw at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Apr. 05, 2017
The start of spring brought a cheetah cub boom to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, where two large litters were born over the course of a single week.
Giant panda Bei Bei eating a frozen pear
Apr. 04, 2017
Overnight, keepers observed that Bei Bei was unsettled and may have experienced some nausea. Staff came into the panda house overnight to watch him more closely. Bei Bei was thoroughly checked by a...
Scimitar-horned oryx calf in the wild in Chad, photo by John Newby
Apr. 03, 2017
Three scimitar-horned oryx calves have now been born in the wild. Species reintroductions led by Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi and the Government of Chad began last year. SCBI ecologists collect...
Grayscale picture of a unicorn
Apr. 01, 2017
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have captured images of the first known images of a unicorn (Equus unicornu) in the wild.
A student participates in a scavenger hunt.
Mar. 31, 2017
Where do migratory birds go when they head south for the winter? To find out, students in the United States are partnering with classmates in Latin America as part of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird...
Redd eating lettuce
Mar. 31, 2017
Infant orangutans in zoos around the world, including Redd, can help their wild counterparts by simply showing their teeth.
Testing Rodents
Mar. 31, 2017
The Smithsonian’s Global Health Program is conducting viral surveillance in Myanmar for the USAID|PREDICT program, a worldwide effort to detect viruses that may pose a danger to public health. The...
Elephants in a Training Session
Mar. 31, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s keepers are making their mark and sharing their animal care and husbandry expertise around the globe. Last November, elephant keeper Kayleigh Sullivan spent 10 days...
Guam Rail Chicks
Mar. 31, 2017
After a ten-year hiatus, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) repatriated three female Guam rails to their native Guam. The birds, referred to as ko’ko’ locally, departed Virginia on...
Animal keeper Warren Lynch and veterinary technician Lisa Ware conduct a final exam on the Guam rails prior to shipment.
Mar. 23, 2017
After a ten-year hiatus, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute repatriated three female Guam rails to their native Guam. The birds, referred to as ko’ko’ locally, departed Virginia on Sunday...
aerial view of the buildings at SCBI
Mar. 23, 2017
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a partnership between George Mason University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), is excited to be offering its popular course: ...
Tian Tian Eating Bamboo
Mar. 23, 2017
Tian Tian is ready for breeding season. He is in full rut, which means that he frequently scent marks and can be very restless. Those are normal behaviors for a male panda readying himself for...
Sea otter floats on its back in the water and uses rock to open clam
Mar. 22, 2017
Tool use by sea otters to break open well-armored food is not necessarily a family matter, according to a new study published this week by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and...
Two young cheetah cubs running and pouncing in green grass
Mar. 21, 2017
Friends of the National Zoo has updated its online experience for members and customers. If you're a FONZ member or have made a transaction with FONZ in the past, you already have an account — you...
Eastern red-backed salamander
Mar. 16, 2017
A recent paper by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists with the Center for Species Survival found that salamanders were larger in warmer parts of their range. The scientists also...
Giant panda Bei Bei rests and eats bamboo on a rock in his indoor habitat
Mar. 15, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Zoo has received good questions about the giant panda weaning process and recent behaviors exhibited by Bei Bei and Mei Xiang. The giant panda science and animal care team...
Elephant in water
Mar. 14, 2017
With a FONZ Conservation Grant, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute scientists are able to understand the family trees of elephants at zoos around the country, as well as...