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Zoo News Archive

Aug. 11, 2016
WHAT: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at "ZooFiesta: Un dia de diversion animal para toda la familia.' WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aug. 09, 2016
WHAT: A traditional Zhuazhou ceremony for giant panda cub Bei Bei. (Media opportunity only. Not open to the public. Public celebration for Bei Bei, Bao Bao and Tian Tian's birthday begins at 11 a.m.)
Aug. 05, 2016
Two red pandas died at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on consecutive days, July 24 and 25. The initial necropsy results and investigation do not reveal an obvious cause of death nor...
Gorilla in Gabon by David Korte
Aug. 03, 2016
What is it like to see a gorilla in the wild? Get a glimpse of gorillas on their own turf, thanks to our Gabon Biodiversity Program (GBP). In Gabon’s National Park, Smithsonian Conservation Biology...
Hooded crane chick in the grass with mom
Jul. 28, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) hatched its first hooded crane chick June 14. The chick was born as the result of artificial insemination. The chick is being raised by its...
Hartmann's mountain zebras in a corral
Jul. 26, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras will graze the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.
small boy staring at an animal exhibit
Jul. 20, 2016
Fall children's classes for ages 2-13 are open for registration!
Jul. 19, 2016
Surveys have been conducted at Hubbard Brook since 1999 to better understand how birds respond to a changing environment.
Jul. 18, 2016
Born in Sri Lanka around 1975, Asian elephant Shanthi developed arthritis in her front-left leg more than a decade ago.
Grapes with the Apes guest being served wine
Jul. 18, 2016
Members receive discounted tickets to our premier wine event, Grapes with the Apes.
Giant Panda Cub with Birthday Treat
Jul. 18, 2016
Join us on August 20 at 9:00 a.m. as members help celebrate a special birthday.  
scraggly crane chick
Jul. 14, 2016
Bird House keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a Stanley crane chick, hatched July 10 to the Zoo's 27-year-old female and 17-year-old male.
elephant holding block in the yard outside of the Elephant Community Center
Jul. 12, 2016
What affects an elephant’s ability to get pregnant? Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) set out to solve that mystery.
penguin swimming close-up
Jul. 11, 2016
When it comes to choosing a location for a natural gas marine terminal, PERU LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) discovered that the options are not always black and white. When their construction site...
Kiwi baby held by scientist
Jul. 11, 2016
For the first time, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)'s kiwi pair are parents! Keeper Wesley Bailey reveals how a strict diet helped dad Ngati Hine Tahi get in shape and resulted...
Jul. 11, 2016
Nearly one-third of all amphibian species globally are at risk of going extinct.
Three oryx in a field of flowers
Jul. 11, 2016
What happens when a species is restored to its rightful place in the wild? In the case of the scimitar-horned oryx, the answer to that question has been nearly 30 years in the making.
Craig Saffoe, Don Neiffer and Francisco Dallmeier at Machu Picchu
Jul. 01, 2016
Smithsonian's National Zoo scientists are all over the globe and, most recently, at the peaks of Machu Picchu, Peru!
Macaque family grooming credit Barney Wilczak
Jun. 30, 2016
For nearly 50 years, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute primatologist Wolfgang Dittus has studied and lived among the toque macaques in Sri Lanka.
Cheetah in grass
Jun. 30, 2016
As their native habitat continues to shrink, wild cheetahs are facing a drought of genetic diversity.
A tenuis spawning
Jun. 30, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists are working furiously to beat the bleaching clock and cryopreserve coral. But, they’ve run into a wall: bleaching is causing coral to...
seal pup with mom
Jun. 29, 2016
For the first time in 32 years, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's American Trail team celebrated the arrival of a sea lion pup, born June 26 to 11-year-old mother Calli.
Jun. 27, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo recently welcomed two new residents to its Cheetah Conservation Station: maned wolves.
Jun. 27, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized a 1-year-old female scimitar-horned oryx, after sustaining a severe spinal injury on June 25.
Jun. 21, 2016
Tagging nearly 100 gray catbirds across their breeding range in Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, Springfield MA and Fort Collins CO.