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Zoo News Archive

Infant western lowland gorilla Moke rests in the arms of his mother, Calaya, as they sit on top of a wooden structure in their outdoor yard at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
May. 01, 2020
For the past two years, the primate team has had the privilege of sharing the story of our western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, with Smithsonian’s National Zoo fans all over the world. With Mother’s...
a grove of trees with several dead, leafless trunks
Apr. 30, 2020
New research from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Shenandoah National Park finds that invasive species of forest insects and pathogens contributed to about a quarter of the tree...
a keeper holds a cheetah cub up to the camera
Apr. 29, 2020
In this week’s #cubdate, we take you behind the scenes at a cub weighing! 
A small fox, called a swift fox, standing on Montana's grassy plains under a cloudy sky. The photo was captured by a camera trap.
Apr. 24, 2020
Landscape ecologist Hila Shamon lives and works in Montana, where she studies the prairie and its wildlife. Over the last year and a half, she has been working with Fort Belknap Indian Reservation...
four cheetah cubs in hay
Apr. 20, 2020
It was a busy week for Echo’s cheetah cubs! Not only did Echo move them to a new den, but keepers were able to weigh the cubs and determine their sex.
Graphic text with a coffee cup and coffee beans: "your coffee is stronger than you think. save critical bird habitat, one cup at a time. #DrinkBirdFriendly"
Apr. 20, 2020
Join the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center online this World Migratory Bird Day, May 9, in a digital celebration of birds and simple actions you can take from home to help save them.
A Guam kingfisher named Giha at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. It is a small, colorful bird, with a stripe that runs from its eye to the back of its head and wide, flattened bill
Apr. 20, 2020
There are only 135 Guam kingfishers in the world, but scientists around the world are working to change that by breeding the species for release in the near future.
A small monkey, called a golden lion tamarin, reaches for a fruit treat that is hanging next to a sign that says "Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week" (only the word "happy" is visible in the photo)
Apr. 20, 2020
Each year, more than 1,400 volunteers donate over 90,000 hours of their time to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. We appreciate them every single day, but this week,...
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke in his outdoor habitat.
Apr. 15, 2020
As the primate team celebrates Moke's second birthday, keeper Alex Reddy reflects on the western lowland gorilla's growing independence, bold personality and training triumphs. 
several cheetah cubs up close. one has its mouth open with a pink tongue
Apr. 14, 2020
Today was a big day for keepers and cheetah cubs alike. For the first time, keepers were able to approach the four cubs born April 8. Learn more in this Q&A with cheetah biologist Adrienne...
A white-naped crane chick hatched April 2, 2020. She is pictured with her mother, Brenda.
Apr. 13, 2020
Bird keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, are celebrating the arrival of a female white-naped crane chick that hatched April 2. She is the fourth...
a cheetah mother licks and nurses her cubs in a den filled with straw
Apr. 10, 2020
A brief #cubdate on cheetah Echo and her four newborn cubs. Watch them live on the Cheetah Cub Cam.
Scientists from Smithsonian's Global Health Program taking samples from a bumble bee bat in Myanmar.
Apr. 09, 2020
Researchers with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program have discovered six new coronaviruses in bats in Myanmar — the first time these viruses have been detected anywhere in the world. Future...
A female cheetah cub lays on a bed of hay in a den where she has just given birth to three cubs. The three small, newborn cheetah cubs can be seen around her in the hay.
Apr. 08, 2020
Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, are about to welcome a litter of chirping cheetah cubs. Five-year-old female Echo is having contractions...
A small Guam kingfisher bird with a wide, large bill and colorful feathers perched on a branch
Apr. 06, 2020
As an animal keeper at SCBI, some of my favorite birds to work with are small but sassy. Guam kingfishers certainly fall into this category. We have three pairs to introduce during this year's...
Japanese giant salamander at the Reptile Discovery Center
Apr. 03, 2020
A supersized salamander recently debuted at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center. Get the scoop on these freshwater giants from keeper Kyle Miller.
Two clouded leopard cubs with large paws and thick spotted fur rest together on a large tree limb
Apr. 03, 2020
Asia Trail keepers Jenny Spotten and Kaleigh Shaw discuss the Zoo's clouded leopard cubs' latest training triumphs.
Two cheetahs at SCBI's cheetah ridge facility.
Apr. 03, 2020
Here at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, the carnivore team is gearing up for a very special arrival: cheetah cubs! As one of 10 facilities in the Cheetah...
Red panda Asa with St. Patrick's Day enrichment.
Apr. 03, 2020
From flamingo courtships to weekly weigh-ins for the African lions, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing with beastly activity behind the scenes! 
Two bison with thick fur, big shoulder humps, large heads and short, curved horns stand in grass and shrubs at American Prairie Reserve in Montana
Apr. 01, 2020
Smithsonian ecologists worked with American Prairie Reserve staff to fit bison with GPS ear tags. Their movement study will help researchers understand how bison move and use the landscape at the...
two cheetah cubs with their eyes closed lay in hay
Mar. 30, 2020
A special delivery of cheetah milk recently arrived at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's milk bank (the largest milk repository in the world). Find out what researchers hope to learn from this unique...
Asian elephant Ambika at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Elephant Trails habitat in 2016.
Mar. 28, 2020
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo community is mourning the loss of Ambika, the beloved eldest member of its Asian elephant herd. She was humanely euthanized yesterday, March 27, following a recent and...
Cheetah Miti and her cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in 2018.
Mar. 24, 2020
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are mourning the loss of two rare species—a cheetah and an Eld’s deer.
Mei Xiang
Mar. 23, 2020
A team of reproductive scientists, veterinarians and panda keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo performed an artificial insemination on giant panda Mei Xiang, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.  
Kiwi at SCBI
Mar. 20, 2020
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are mourning the loss of two kiwi.