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Zoo News Archive

Two cheetah cubs lay on a hammock bed in their yard.
Apr. 08, 2021
Celebrate Amabala, Erindi, Jabari and Hasani's first birthdays! Join animal keepers Amber Dedrick, Adri Kopp, and Becky Merritt and Cheetah biologist Adrienne Croiser as they look back on our cheetah...
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs Aloke and Wiley nibble on their flower-themed fruitsicle cake.
Apr. 07, 2021
Our lemurs celebrated their birthdays April 6 with a gorgeous cherry blossom-themed cake! Get the story behind the celebration from primate keeper Emily Bricker. 
A baby leaf-tailed gecko sitting on a leaf laps up medicine from a syringe with its tongue
Apr. 02, 2021
From salamanders to siamangs, prairie dogs to pandas, and everything in between, all Zoo animals receive veterinary care. Often, that means an animal needs to take medicine. Find out how keepers and...
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji sits upright eating a sweet potato.
Apr. 02, 2021
Recently, giant panda mother Mei Xiang accompanied her cub, Xiao Qi Ji, for a climb! Watch the video and see more of our curious cub’s playful adventures. 
Matt Evans holds a brown tree frog in an outdoor workspace in Panama.
Apr. 02, 2021
Leap into learning what it takes to care for some of the frogs found in Zoo Guardians and at Smithsonian’s National Zoo from Matt Evans, assistant curator of the Reptile Discovery Center.
Aldabra Tortoise in the grass
Apr. 02, 2021
Aldabra tortoises may be slow and steady, but they are also full of surprises! Did you know that they can live to be more than 150 years old, or that their shells are sensitive to the touch? Get to...
Przewalski's horse Cooper stands in the grass of his exhibit.
Apr. 02, 2021
Two new neighbors have arrived at Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Meet Przewalski’s horse mother-son duo, Barbie and Cooper! 
Clouded leopard Ariel stands on a tree branch in her outdoor enclosure.
Apr. 02, 2021
Say hello to Ariel! This sweet and social clouded leopard just joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s breeding program. She has the smarts to solve puzzle feeders and seems smitten...
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji stands atop the hammock in his outdoor habitat.
Mar. 19, 2021
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji is exploring new sites and climbing to new heights! Get the scoop on his latest adventures in keeper Nicole MacCorkle’s #PandaStory update.
A lantern fly with a big body and large, patterned wings held in a researcher's hands
Mar. 17, 2021
Artificial light at night is a major factor in global insect decline. Smithsonian scientists and partners found that using amber-colored filters to remove the blue spectra of light from “warm white”...
One of the 11-month-old cheetah cubs lays on a fire hose hammock bed in its yard.
Mar. 15, 2021
Now that Echo's four cubs are 11 months old, keepers have started to train them to eat from their own bowls. Find out how the cheetah cubs are doing in this update.
Cheetah Justin (nicknamed "Gat") lays in the grass at the Cheetah Conservation Station.
Mar. 08, 2021
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Justin (nicknamed “Gat”), a male cheetah who died unexpectedly following a brief illness. Gat was 8...
Animal keeper Kaleigh stands behind bobcat, Yoda, who is sitting on a wooden perch in the bobcat's outdoor enclosure
Mar. 05, 2021
Get the extended ‘tail’ of what goes into caring Zoo Guardians' March animal of the month and the Zoo's three bobcats, straight from a Animal Keeper and real-life Zoo Guardian, Kaleigh Shaw!
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji paws at a piece of banana atop a green enrichment toy.
Mar. 05, 2021
Sunny days are here again! Warmer weather spells adventure for Xiao Qi Ji, and our 6-month-old giant panda cub had a blast exploring the great outdoors this week. 
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji climbs on a structure made of criss-crossed logs in his outdoor yard
Mar. 05, 2021
From the moment his hearty squeal heralded his arrival, giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji became one of the most beloved bears on the planet. Celebrate with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo as we look back at...
Western lowland gorilla Baraka stands in the grass of his outdoor habitat, surrounded by logs.
Mar. 05, 2021
Western lowland gorilla Baraka is serious about food. When primate keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo noticed he wasn't eating his meals, they wondered if his change in appetite masked...
Ruby-throated hummingbird Spot approaches the sugar-water feeder in his indoor habitat.
Mar. 05, 2021
See Spot. He's a little ruby-throated hummingbird with a big personality. Spot is also super smart and has mastered scale training. Learn how Bird House keepers came to weigh him and get tips on...
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji climbs atop a structure made of criss-crossed logs.
Feb. 26, 2021
On Sunday, Feb. 21, giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji turned 6 months old. To celebrate, our half-birthday boy tried yet another new food: homemade applesauce made from cooked apples. 
One of the cheetah cubs looks at the camera with a snowy background behind it.
Feb. 25, 2021
At almost 11 months old, our cheetah cubs' personalities are shining! See Jabari, Hasani, Erindi and Amabala in the snow, and get an update on their training.
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji walks tentatively onto the concrete outside the panda house that leads to the grassy yard behind him
Feb. 19, 2021
Just a few days shy of turning 6 months old, giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji accompanied his mother, Mei Xiang, into their outdoor habitat for the first time. 
10-year-old Cheetah, Nick, lays in the grass.
Feb. 18, 2021
In December 2020, Smithsonian's Conservation and Biology Institute's cheetah breeding program celebrated a decade of success. Take a look at the top five most spot-acular accomplishments over the...
Five-month-old giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji leans against rockwork in his habitat with one paw up on a cylindrical-shaped enrichment toy and nibbles on his first biscuit
Feb. 12, 2021
Enrichment toy smeared with sweet potato just might be Xiao Qi Ji’s favorite treat. This week, keepers gave our giant panda cub a new food to nibble on: biscuits!
Small Mammal House Keeper stands next to the Zoo's four wallabies in their yard.
Feb. 05, 2021
Hop into caring for and discovering new things about Bennett's wallabies with real-life Zoo Guardian and animal keeper Esther Wray! 
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji stands near a light dusting of snow.
Feb. 05, 2021
Our chill giant panda cub had his first encounter with snow this week! 
Pale-furred animal with a long snout
Feb. 05, 2021
She’s a sweet-natured, eager explorer with a taste for juicy wax worms. Meet Chiquita, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s new tamandua!