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Zoo News Archive

Dr. Kali Holder examines rhino histology slides in Nairobi, Kenya.
Oct. 14, 2016
When a mysterious disease emerged in Kenyan black and white rhinos, Dr. Kali Holder headed Kenya to examine samples and train technicians in sample processing, hoping to discover clues to the cause...
SCBI scientists core dead trees to determine why they died.
Oct. 13, 2016
If you want to understand why trees are dying, just ask Kristina Anderson-Teixeira.
White-naped crane chick and parent
Oct. 10, 2016
For many endangered species, their future is only as promising as their genes are diverse. Genetic diversity is key to a population that is self-sustaining and can more effectively fight off disease.
Zoo veterinarians obtain a blood sample from an orangutan.
Oct. 10, 2016
What’s a zoo to do when an orangutan has the sniffles? Treatment depends on whether the infection is viral or bacterial, says Priscilla Joyner, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI’...
North Island Brown Kiwi on a table
Oct. 07, 2016
Since 1968 the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's scientists, animal keepers and researchers have been working to save kiwi from extinction.
Mother and baby eld's deer sitting in hay inside a barn
Oct. 04, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed an Eld’s deer fawn Oct. 2 around 4:30 p.m. Both the fawn and her mom Sienna appear to be doing well and the fawn is nursing.
Przewalski's Horse in Mongolia
Sep. 27, 2016
A conservationist’s work is never done. At least, it doesn’t stop when a species is returned to its native habitat.
Mares Xolani (L) and Yvonne (R)
Sep. 27, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras are grazing the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.
Batang and Redd (infant)
Sep. 27, 2016
The newest member of our primate family has arrived! Meet Redd, a Bornean orangutan born to mother Batang and father Kyle on Sept. 12.
giant panda Bao Bao with corn stalk
Sep. 23, 2016
One of the defining and iconic characteristics that makes giant pandas unique among bears is their diet -- bamboo.
Batang and Redd (infant)
Sep. 19, 2016
The Great Ape house will reopen on Tuesday morning.  This will be the first opportunity for the visitors and the media to see the Zoo’s infant Bornean orangutan born to Batang on Sept. 12.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Campus
Sep. 16, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., will open to the public for its annual Autumn Conservation Festival Oct. 1 and 2.
visitors dressed up at night of the living zoo
Sep. 16, 2016
Prepare to witness death defying acts and amazing oddities at Friends of the National Zoo's annual adults-only Halloween party, Night of the Living Zoo. Member tickets are on sale now.
Batang holds her sleeping infant.
Sep. 15, 2016
Batang and her infant are doing well! Keepers report that she is very attentive to his needs, holds him gently and consistently nurses him—all encouraging signs.
Sep. 15, 2016
On September 15, ASLA and the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) teamed up to host Landscape Architects as Federal Leaders, a live webinar exploring positions for landscape architects in the...
Batang and her infant male
Sep. 13, 2016
For the first time in 25 years, primate staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the birth of a male Bornean orangutan. He was born at 8:52 p.m. Sept. 12.
Jonathan D. Ballou headshot
Sep. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is proud to announce Jonathan D. Ballou, research scientist emeritus, has received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s...
Sep. 10, 2016
Thank you Kris for that very kind introduction. 
little boy dressed as cowboy
Sep. 09, 2016
Celebrate the spookiest night of year with more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, keeper chats, and decorated trails. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on September 9, 2016 for Members...
Giant Panda Bei Bei
Sep. 07, 2016
Over Labor Day weekend, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released excellent news about its Red List of Threatened Species.
Sep. 06, 2016
Ever since 41-year-old Asian elephant Shanthi was diagnosed with arthritis in her front wrists more than a decade ago, animal care staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have been working to...
Cuban Crocodile
Aug. 31, 2016
Keepers at the Reptile Discovery Center, including animal keeper Lauren Augustine, are upholding that proud tradition with ground-breaking research on social behavior, reproduction and play in a...
two pangolins
Aug. 30, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists, as part of a team of international researchers, have shed light on the genetics of the pangolin, a mammalian mystery.
California Sea Lion Pup
Aug. 26, 2016
Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo can view 2-month-old female sea lion Catalina making a splash on American Trail. Born June 26, Catalina is the first sea lion pup born at the Zoo in 32...
Sparky the tiger in his yard
Aug. 23, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is home to a new male Sumatran tiger. Sparky is acclimating to his new home and can be seen at the Great Cats Exhibit.