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Zoo News Archive

Jan. 12, 2016
WHAT: Public debut of giant panda cub Bei Bei at the National ZooWHEN: Saturday, Jan. 16
two female cientists look over data
Jan. 11, 2016
Representatives from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute helped lead a Giant Panda Laboratory Diagnostic International Exchange Training workshop with staff from the China Conservation...
red panda in exhibit
Jan. 07, 2016
After a two-year hiatus, red pandas have returned to the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Visitors can see them at the Small Mammal House, where they will live until upgrades to the red panda exhibit on...
Jan. 04, 2016
Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and partners have published a paper that will help them save Panamanian frog species from extinction due to a deadly fungal disease called Chytridiomycosis (...
Dec. 28, 2015
For the first time in this pride, Zoo veterinarians have successfully drawn blood from a lion—a juvenile male named Jumbe—while he was awake.
Dec. 17, 2015
Investigating how non-native plants may be affecting food resources for backyard birds.
Dec. 16, 2015
SMBC studies the endemic Island Scrub-Jay on the Channel Islands.
Dec. 16, 2015
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized an elderly male scimitar-horned oryx named Dr. Bob Dec. 14. A final pathology report will provide more...
Bei Bei
Dec. 10, 2015
As of December 7, Bei Bei weighed about 16 pounds (7.32 kg). Even though he's grown exponentially over the last few months, he still won't be eating bamboo for a while. However, he has started to...
women holding dogs
Dec. 09, 2015
After decades of attempts, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists and researchers at Cornell University have become the first to successfully use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to...
Dec. 07, 2015
By: Lauren Augustine
Dec. 01, 2015
Twenty-five Instagrammers will be some of the first people to see giant panda cub Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) Dec. 19 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Beginning today, Dec.
Bei Bei face down on a blue table cloth
Dec. 01, 2015
During a routine exam on Monday November 30, Bei Bei weighed 15 pounds (6.89 kg)! He's getting more difficult to weigh now that he is trying to climb out of the weighing tub! In stark comparison, his...
Nov. 30, 2015
Polar bears are arctic specialists. Unfortunately, these beloved bears face a growing threat in the form of disappearing sea ice. Our senior scientist, Dr.
Photo of a clouded leopard.
Nov. 25, 2015
During a routine medical exam yesterday, Nov. 24, veterinarians at the Smithsonian's National Zoo discovered that their male clouded leopard had life-threatening tumors.
Nov. 24, 2015
We are sad to announce the loss of three elderly small mammals, who died yesterday, Nov. 23. Geriatric animals receive specialized care from their keepers, veterinarians, and nutritionists to ensure...
Nov. 19, 2015
Giant pandas, which have been icons and ambassadors for the efforts to save the species in Washington, D.C., since 1972, will continue to live at the Smithsonian's National Zoo through the end of...
Bei Bei poking his head out of a plastic basket
Nov. 18, 2015
Bei Bei is a healthy 12.5 pound boy and he's on the move. Although he took his first steps, the rock work provided more traction than the slippery floor, so it will take him a little longer to figure...
Giant Panda Cub Bei Bei Will Make His Public Debut Jan. 16
Nov. 17, 2015
Giant panda cub Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) will go on public exhibit for the first time Jan. 16, 2016.
Bei Bei on a table
Nov. 12, 2015
This morning, Bei Bei weighed 5.35 kilograms, or 11.79 pounds.
Nov. 11, 2015
The Andean Bear exhibit is celebrating two very special birthdays on November 10 and 11: Mayni and Muniri are turning one year old! In the latest Keeper Q&A Sarah Colandrea reveals plans for a...
Bei Bei in a plastic bin
Nov. 04, 2015
When last weighed on Friday October 30, Bei Bei was 9.5 pounds! Since he is growing so rapidly, we know for certain that he is getting enough to eat. However, Bei Bei still occasionally fusses after...
Nov. 03, 2015
A 19-year-old female North Island brown kiwi named Nessus died Oct. 30 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Per standard procedure, a necropsy (animal autopsy) was performed the same day.
Oct. 29, 2015
Smithsonian's National Zoo biologist Gil Myers journeyed