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Zoo News Archive

elephant in yard
Jun. 09, 2016
Virtual visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will now be able to see its herd of six Asian elephants up-close.
large salamander
Jun. 08, 2016
A Japanese giant salamander at the Smithsonian's National Zoo died June 6.
Jun. 07, 2016
For the first time, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's kiwi pair are parents! Biologist Warren Lynch and keeper Wesley Bailey reveal how a strict diet helped dad Ngati Hine Tahi get in...
Kelly and Smith with colleagues in India
Jun. 03, 2016
Zoo keeping is an ever-evolving science. That's why director Dennis Kelly and associate director of animal care sciences Brandie Smith traveled to India to collaborate, understand, and protect...
Jun. 01, 2016
The Bird House's redhead ducks share their exhibit with some skittish neighbors—flamingos. To monitor the duck's health without disturbing the other birds, keepers have trained them to come inside...
kiwi resting
May. 31, 2016
For the first time, an egg laid by a female brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute hatched on May 10, 2016.
Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Opens at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
May. 27, 2016
On exhibit for the first time in the Washington, D.C. region, the Smithsonian's National Zoo presents Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea from May 27 through Sept. 5.
Quillby the North American Porcupine in profile
May. 27, 2016
Eight-year-old North American male porcupine Quillby has had some difficulty moving around his exhibit lately. How do we determine what's ailing him? Teamwork! Zoo veterinarian Jessica Siegal-Willott...
May. 26, 2016
Spring migration banding at the Clive Runnell's Mad Island Marsh Preserve.
May. 12, 2016
Examining a hormone-signaling pathway thought to underlie variation in social behavior and subsequent network structure in a cooperative lek-breeding bird, the wire-tailed manakin.
shark sculpture
May. 11, 2016
What: A free public event, "World Oceans Day," will feature ocean-themed animal demonstrations, games, crafts, and "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
reddish-brown medium-sized furry mammal
May. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's red panda habitat on Asia Trail reopened to the public Tuesday, May 10.
May. 09, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old female maned wolf named Uno, who died May 7.
Maned wolf pup stares at the camera
May. 06, 2016
The maned wolf pups born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are growing! Animal Care curator Paul Marinari and research biologist Nucharin Songsassen give us the scoop in the...
May. 04, 2016
WHAT: Media preview of red pandas Tusa and Asa in their newly refurbished habitat on Asia Trail WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m.
May. 03, 2016
The Bird House's male Baltimore oriole seems to prefer the company of people to his fellow migratory birds.
Swamp monkey baby plays with stick
May. 02, 2016
Eight-week-old Allen's swamp monkey Zawadi is on the move. Over the past few weeks, biologist Becky Malinsky has watched the baby—whose name means "gift" in Swahili—become more independent.
baby lemur
Apr. 20, 2016
Small Mammal House keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are celebrating the birth of three critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs born April 5 to 6-year-old mother Molly.
bei bei climbing a tree
Apr. 19, 2016
Bei Bei's still growing like a weed! He was 37 pounds as of March 17 and growing daily. We have started very basic training with him.
Apr. 18, 2016
Breeding season for our Cuban crocodiles ended in March, but staff continue to train the crocodiles to shift off exhibit.
Apr. 15, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo lifted its temporary quarantine on the Kids' Farm exhibit that has been in effect since Feb. 26 after E. coli stx 1 gene bacteria was discovered in a few of the animals.
Photo of scimitar-horned oryx being reintroduced to the wild.
Apr. 13, 2016
For the first time, scimitar-horned oryx are going to be reintroduced to the wild in Chad.
Smithsonian-tracked Ghost Bird Takes Flight
Apr. 12, 2016
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they...
Apr. 11, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) lost a senior male black-footed ferret following a routine procedure Wednesday, April 6. Staff were assessing whether the male was reproductively...
Mar. 17, 2016
On March 17 around 10:55 a.m., a contractor was performing routine maintenance on the life support system (LSS) located between the otter and beaver habitats on the American Trail exhibit at the...