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Zoo News Archive

Oct. 21, 2015
By: Lauren Augustine Happy Reptile Awareness Day!
Oct. 21, 2015
In late-September, our 38-year-old Asian elephant Bozie started displaying colic-like symptoms. Through blood tests, staff discovered that she has a serious infection that is affecting her appetite.
Oct. 20, 2015
corals growing in lab
Oct. 15, 2015
All of the world
Oct. 15, 2015
By: Lauren Augustine
Oct. 14, 2015
Pollination study in southern Costa Rica on a coffee farm.
panda cub Bei Bei held by vets
Oct. 14, 2015
On October 8, vets performed an exam on Bei Bei. He weighed in at 5.9 pounds. His eyes are now fully open and he is getting more active and rambunctious.
Oct. 13, 2015
What better way is there for students to learn about the environment than being immersed in it?
Shrike fledgling perched. Its black mask, wings, and tail are evident. The remainder of its plumage is a pale gray and white.
Oct. 13, 2015
Seven loggerhead shrikes that hatched in
Oct. 13, 2015
For the first time ever, zoos will have access to the most comprehensive information about female African lion reproduction as the result of an eight-year study from the Smithsonian Conservation...
Oct. 09, 2015
Look at those toes! Our favorite panda cam shot from our #PandaStory Flickr album this week was from user partipersian.  
Oct. 09, 2015
Yesterday, before Bei Bei's full veterinary exam our chief veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer settled the little panda cub by massaging two pressure points at the base of his skull. And Bei Bei really...
Bei Bei
Oct. 07, 2015
Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Thursday, October 1, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs about 5 lbs. This is an increase of a pound since he was weighed last week!
A female Eld's Deer nuzzles her fawn
Oct. 07, 2015
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. is celebrating the birth of two male Eld's deer, an endangered species native to Myannmar. The first fawn, pictured here, was born...
Oct. 05, 2015
The classic nose to nose nuzzle! Thanks to Janet Crouse for sharing. Post fav cam screenshots of#BeiBei˜and Mei Xiang to our#PandaStory˜Flickr group. We'll share a great one each week!  
Oct. 01, 2015
Q: What do we call a giant panda cub sneeze? A: Bei Bei choo! #PandaStory #BeiBei @michelleobama @smithsonian ​
Sep. 30, 2015
This weekend, Oct. 3 and 4, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., will open to the public for its annual Autumn Conservation Festival. Held from 10 a.m.
Sep. 30, 2015
Silver Spring, Maryland (September 28, 2015) - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute received Top Honors in...
panda cub asleep
Sep. 30, 2015
Keepers had a chance to weigh Bei Bei on Monday, Sept. 28, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. He now weighs 1,850 grams, or 4 lbs!
cheetah cub in lawn
Sep. 30, 2015
Why is it difficult to breed cheetahs in human care?
oryx herd on slope
Sep. 30, 2015
In summer 2015, th
Sep. 28, 2015
On September 17, an 4-year-old female Eld's deer was spooked during a semiannual fire safety check on the sprinkler system at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.
First ladies of China and the US with two small children
Sep. 25, 2015
This morning, Sept. 25, the giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 22 received his name, Bei Bei (BAY-BAY), which means precious, treasure" and is complementary to his sister's...
Bei Bei naming announcement
Sep. 25, 2015
This morning, our giant panda cub received his name: Bei Bei or 贝贝 (BAY-BAY)!