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Zoo News Archive

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...
Mar. 17, 2016
Officials from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the Central Zoo Authority from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Republic of...
Mar. 15, 2016
Jose Escoto has been named associate director for Finance and Administration at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., effective today.
Photo of a baby Allen's swamp monkey with its mother Layla.
Mar. 11, 2016
Primate keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are celebrating the birth of an Allen's swamp monkey, born overnight March 9 to 9-year-old mother Layla. The baby was sired by 15-year-old father Nub...
pup resting
Mar. 11, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed two maned wolf pups earlier this winter.
Mar. 10, 2016
What:The National Zoo and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is hosting the free event Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition.When:
Mar. 09, 2016
One of the National Zoo's adult male cheetahs, Granger, was humanely euthanized March 8. Granger was 10-and-a-half years old. The median life expectancy for male cheetahs in the wild is between six...
Stanley Crane, Alice, close-up of head
Mar. 01, 2016
Two-year-old Stanley crane Alice seems to enjoy participating in daily demonstrations with keepers and Zoo visitors. But how does she really feel about these interactions?
Feb. 29, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo has temporarily closed the Kids' Farm exhibit because E. coli stx 1 gene bacteria was discovered in a few of the animals. The animals are now being managed under...
Feb. 26, 2016
The Small Mammal House's baby boom got a little bit bigger Feb. 4 with the births of two fennec fox kits! Keepers are hand-raising the kits—one male and one female—who were born to 7-year old mother...
Mei and Bei Bei at the entrance to their enclosure
Feb. 12, 2016
As some of our panda cam viewers may have noticed, we've made some changes at the panda house recently. Each giant panda requires an individualized care plan. It's been a great learning experience...
Feb. 10, 2016
WHAT:Free public lecture on the Save Vanishing Species postage stampWHEN: Thursday, March 3Stamp signing: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.Lecture: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Feb. 08, 2016
Cuban crocodile breeding season started in December at the Reptile Discovery Center. This usually means we see some aggressive behaviors between our two males.
tagged deer
Feb. 05, 2016
In a serendipitous turn of events, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners have discovered a malaria parasite, Plasmodium odocoilei, in up to 25 percent of white-tailed...
Feb. 02, 2016
A 16-year-old male Przewalski's (shah-VAL-skee) horse named Frog died suddenly under anesthesia in preparation for a reproductive assessment at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).
Jan. 27, 2016
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent.
Bei Bei in a box playing with balls
Jan. 21, 2016
On behalf of the entire Zoo, we'd like to thank the 7,498 people who traveled far and wide to meet Bei Bei last Saturday! The panda house is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Jan. 20, 2016
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).
Jan. 15, 2016
Examing bird-insect differences between individual species of trees on coffee farms.
Jan. 12, 2016
WHAT: Public debut of giant panda cub Bei Bei at the National ZooWHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16