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Zoo News Archive

Sand cat Thor lived at the Small Mammal House.
Oct. 10, 2020
Small Mammal House keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Thor, an elderly male sand cat who was humanely euthanized Sept. 29 due to a recent and irreversible decline in...
Giant panda keeper Marty Dearie measures the male giant panda cub's abdominal girth.
Oct. 08, 2020
Our 6-week-old giant panda cub is packing on the pounds! Get the scoop on his weekly weigh-in from assistant curator Laurie Thompson. 
A black-footed ferret mom and her six kits rest together in a small den on a bed of chipped paper
Oct. 05, 2020
We hope that you have enjoyed watching black-footed ferret Potpie and her kits on the Black-footed Ferret Cam! Join us in celebrating the next chapter in their lives, contributing to their species’...
A 6-week-old giant panda cub with black-and-white markings, small claws and a light layer of fur rests on a yellow towel
Oct. 05, 2020
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 6-week-old giant panda cub is a male, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists confirmed. During the cub’s first veterinary exam Sept. 19, Zoo...
Zoo entrance with icon banners.
Oct. 02, 2020
An update from Associate Director of Communications and Exhibits Pamela Baker-Masson regarding fall 2020 happenings at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
The Zoo's 6-week-old giant panda cub is just starting to open its eyes.
Oct. 02, 2020
Giant panda keeper Marty Dearie shares that the Zoo's 6-week-old cub is starting to open its eyes. Check out the latest #PandaStory update! 
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 1-month-old giant panda cub.
Oct. 02, 2020
Nature is often awe-inspiring, but the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 1-month-old giant panda cub is also ‘aww’-inspiring. Hear the stories behind September's precious moments from the Panda Team. 
Zebra colt in a field at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Oct. 02, 2020
Our playful 3-month-old Hartmann's mountain zebra colt is a bundle of energy! Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ungulate keeper Tara Buk shares how the colt spent his summer in her latest...
Kyle holds 4-year-old Cuban crocodile, Jésus
Oct. 01, 2020
Animal keeper Kyle Miller leaps into his experience caring for Cuban crocodiles, Zoo Guardians’ October Animal of the Month!
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 1-month-old giant panda cub.
Sep. 28, 2020
Check out a video of last week's giant panda cub exam! 
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's 1-month-old giant panda cub.
Sep. 25, 2020
When Mei Xiang left her den to grab a bite to eat this morning, the Panda Team had another opportunity to conduct a brief exam on our 1-month-old giant panda cub. 
Western lowland gorilla Moke chews on some browse in the Great Ape House outdoor yard.
Sep. 24, 2020
Sept. 24 is World Gorilla Day, and we are celebrating with an update on our 2-year-old, Moke, and his troop! 
A swift fox wearing a tracking collar is released at Ft. Belknap
Sep. 23, 2020
After an absence of more than 50 years, the swift fox has returned to the grasslands of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana.
Keeper Mariel Lally asks red panda Jackie to stand on his rear feet.
Sep. 22, 2020
Animal keeper Mariel Lally shares the fluffy scoop on caring for red pandas, Zoo Guardians’ September Animal of the Month!
Zoo veterinarians measure the Zoo's 29-day-old giant panda cub Sept. 19, 2020.
Sep. 21, 2020
Our giant panda cub has reached a big milestone—today marks one month since its birth Aug. 21. Over the weekend, Mei Xiang left the den, and an opportunity arose to conduct the cub's first veterinary...
Giant panda Mei Xiang cradles her cub on Sept. 13, 2020.
Sep. 18, 2020
Guess who is four weeks old today! After 28 days of devoted care from mother Mei Xiang, our giant panda cub is growing into the species’ signature “plump.” 
Red pandas on exhibit at Asia Trail
Sep. 18, 2020
Whether you know them as red pandas, red bear-cats, firefoxes, first pandas, lesser pandas or simply “the other pandas,” get to know these ferociously furry animals.
A close up photo of the 3-week-old giant panda cub.
Sep. 14, 2020
Exciting news! When giant panda Mei Xiang left the den Sept. 13 to eat some bamboo, the panda team was able to retrieve her 3-week-old cub for its first neonatal exam.
Orangutans Batang (L) and Redd (R) cross the O-Line.
Sep. 11, 2020
It’s hard to believe that we are already celebrating our youngest Bornean orangutan’s fourth birthday! Catch up on the latest Redd news from primate keeper Erin Stromberg. 
A 28-day-old female Guam kingfisher chick with colorful feathers and a large head and bill rests on a blue cloth.
Sep. 11, 2020
Guam kingfishers are incredibly rare and difficult to breed, so we are thrilled to be closing out the breeding season with four new chicks. This has been our biggest year to date — and one of our...
A 75-million-year-old lobster fossil. The ridges of its fossilized shell are visible in the piece of rock.
Sep. 11, 2020
Ecologist Andy Boyce discovered a lobster fossil near his field site in Montana, evidence that long ago this area of the Northern Great Plains was once the floor of a shallow sea.
Giant panda Mei Xiang holds her small cub in her arms. The cub has small visible claws and has started to get its black and white markings
Sep. 09, 2020
Our giant panda cub is growing! As our newborn packs on the grams, it is becoming a bit easier to spot on the Panda Cam. 
maned wolf running across snowy field
Sep. 04, 2020
Spindly legs and thick, red fur have earned them the nickname “foxes on stilts,” but maned wolves are neither fox nor wolf. Today, researchers are monitoring maned wolves' heart rates to learn more...
A goat rests on a small bridge in the grassy yard of the Kids' Farm exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Sep. 04, 2020
Goats are cute … and curious, too! Get the scoop on training these energetic animals from keeper Nikki Maticic, who has been working with the Kids’ Farm goats for more than four years.
This spider tortoise hatched July 5, 2020, at the Reptile Discovery Center.
Sep. 04, 2020
A "surprise" spider tortoise hatchling arrived July 5 at the Reptile Discovery Center! Get the scoop from assistant curator Matt Evans.