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Zoo News Archive

Bye Bye Bao Bao Event Artwork
Dec. 13, 2016
Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!
aerial view of SCBI campus
Dec. 07, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Wilson College have formed a partnership that will provide academic opportunities for Wilson students and help develop future generations of...
A logo with colorful birds around the words "experience migration"
Dec. 05, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is transforming its historic 1928 Bird House into “Experience Migration,” a state-of-the-art exhibition about one of the most...
Batang and Redd (infant)
Nov. 30, 2016
What has the Zoo’s 10-week-old Bornean orangutan, Redd, been up to? His social circle is expanding, says keeper Erin Stromberg, and his personality and curiosity are starting to develop! Get the...
panda in snow
Nov. 29, 2016
You don't need to hibernate this winter—join the cool critters at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for Snow Safari Day Camp! Winter campers explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals...
Anne Gilewski, registered veterinary technician, checks giant panda cub Bei Bei's vital prior to surgery.
Nov. 25, 2016
Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant panda cub Bei Bei is stable and recovering following an emergency bowel obstruction surgery to remove a dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo.
Redd
Nov. 23, 2016
Happy Orangutan Caring Week! We’re celebrating the Zoo’s seven orangutans by sharing their stories.
Bei Bei
Nov. 21, 2016
Bei Bei is becoming more and more independent from his mother Mei Xiang every day. It is hard to believe, but the time is rapidly approaching when he will live separately from her.
Christine, the first Przewalski's horse born from artificial insemination.
Nov. 21, 2016
The first Przewalski’s (cha-VAL-skee) horse born from artificial insemination moved from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, N.D., today, Nov. 21. The...
Dr. Yaoyao Mathura and Dr. Marc Valitutto examine an endangered big-headed turtle.
Nov. 14, 2016
On Nov. 7 2016, approximately 800 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) were confiscated from Chinese traders arrested in Tachileik, Myanmar. Dr. Marc Valitutto of Smithsonian Global Health...
Gray Seal Selkie
Nov. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo’s senior female gray seal, Selkie, died today. At 43 years old, Selkie was the oldest gray seal living in human care. The lifespan of a wild gray seal is usually 25 or...
Agouti baby
Nov. 04, 2016
The Smithsonian National Zoo's new agouti needs a name and we need your help!  
Wild-born scimitar-horned oryx calf and mother in Chad
Nov. 04, 2016
I traveled to the United Arab Emirates in early October to work on the second release of Scimitar-horned Oryx with our collaborators from the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD).
Manakin
Nov. 04, 2016
SCBI's Center for Conservation and Sustainability is in Peru's Amarakaeri Communal Reserve recording how life is responding to an area of the forest designated for natural gas exploration....
ZooLights Entrance
Oct. 31, 2016
ZooLights, powered by Pepco, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is wilder than ever and a perfect holiday event for families. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo, the festival will run over 35 days...
FONZ members on conservation carousel during ZooLights
Oct. 28, 2016
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all week!
FONZ campers
Oct. 27, 2016
Explore and learn with Friends of the National Zoo this winter through camps and family programs. Remember, FONZ members receive early priority registration and discounts, so don't delay and register...
American Flamingo
Oct. 25, 2016
Who doesn't love a winter expedition, especially when there's a little learning involved? Explore and learn with Friends of the National Zoo this winter through camps and birthday parties. Snow...
Andean Bear Cisco at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Oct. 24, 2016
A 23-year-old male Andean bear named Cisco died at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Oct. 24 during an emergency veterinary exam. In the past week, Cisco became less active and began breathing more...
panda eating
Oct. 20, 2016
Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China in late winter, within the first few months of 2017.
Oct. 20, 2016
Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions about Bao Bao's departure.
Sloth Bear Hana
Oct. 18, 2016
A 21-year-old female sloth bear named Hana was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Monday, Oct. 17. In human care, sloth bears typically have a median life expectancy of early-to-...
four researchers wearing coveralls and masks standing in a forest
Oct. 14, 2016
Smithsonian's Global Health Program (SGHP), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PREDICT program, aims to strengthen developing countries’ ability to detect, control and...
male gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) defends his hatchlings in the Chambal River, Uttar Pradesh
Oct. 14, 2016
Smithsonian's Global Health Program is a contributor to the partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and India’s Central Zoo Authority. This collaboration...
a local herder welcomes a newborn camel calf named “Devin” in honor of Dr. Tunseth
Oct. 14, 2016
In Kenya, the Smithsonian Institution maintains a close collaboration with the Mpala Research Center and Ranch (MRC) located in Laikipia County.