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Zoo News Archive

May. 01, 2013
Animal care staff at the National Zoo welcomed a new resident to Elephant Trails May 22—Bozie, a 37-year-old female Asian elephant. She arrived safely and is now in quarantine for approximately 30...
cat face
Apr. 26, 2013
A 7-year-old sand cat named Thor is the newest addition to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Small Mammal House exhibit.
Apr. 22, 2013
On Earth Day 2014, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute launched the "Endangered Song Project," an analog-meets-digital outreach campaign that asked 400 participants to...
Apr. 17, 2013
Both Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are returning to their normal routines, following the breeding season.
Apr. 10, 2013
Baby marmoset monkeys that began eating solid food earlier than their peers were significantly more likely to be obese at one year of age, scientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center...
long-armed gibbon pulling rope
Apr. 09, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of its elderly white-cheeked gibbon, a female named Mae, who died April 8. She was 43 years old and lived well past the median life expectancy of...
Apr. 09, 2013
This week's Giant Panda Update is from Mike Maslanka, head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Zoo.
Apr. 04, 2013
Our 15 week-old sloth bear cub had a check up yesterday, and he received a clean bill of health!
Apr. 01, 2013
Reproductive scientists and veterinarians from the Smithsonian's National Zoo alongside Tang Chunxiang, the assistant director and chief veterinarian of the China Conservation and Research Center for...
panda in its yard
Apr. 01, 2013
Reproductive scientists and veterinarians from the Smithsonian's National Zoo, alongside Tang Chunxiang, the assistant director and chief veterinarian of the China Conservation and Research Center...
Mar. 30, 2013
Spring has sprung and the giant pandas are breeding again at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Scientists detected a rise in urinary estrogens March 26, in its female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).
Mar. 30, 2013
Spring has sprung and the giant pandas are breeding again at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Scientists detected a rise in urinary estrogens March 26, in its female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).
cub in the hand
Mar. 29, 2013
The clouded leopard cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Feb. 6, are healthy and growing. At nearly two months old, they just received their first...
Mar. 27, 2013
Breeding season has arrived! Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are exhibiting behaviors indicating that they are ready to breed; and Mei Xiang's hormones have begun to rise. That rise indicates that she is in...
Mar. 26, 2013
Asia Trail curator and keeper staff have determined the sex of our 3-month-old sloth bear cub: it's a boy!
sloth bear cub upright
Mar. 26, 2013
Asia Trail Curator Tony Barthel and keeper staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have determined the sex of a 3-month-old sloth bear cub: it's a boy!
Mar. 22, 2013
This week's giant panda news features a behavior update from keeper, Nicole MacCorkle.
tiny frog dwarfed by quarter
Mar. 22, 2013
The limosa harlequin frog (Atelopus limosus), an endangered species native to Panama, now has a new lease on life.
elephant inside
Mar. 21, 2013
The commitment at the National Zoo to save Asian elephants from extinction and ensure a future for this endangered species spans more than 50 years.
Mar. 19, 2013
Have You HERD? Media Open House at the National Zoo's New Elephant Community Center
Mar. 15, 2013
We are continuing to monitor Mei Xiang's hormone levels very closely, but her hormones are still at baseline. Once Mei Xiang's hormones begin to rise we will know that she has entered estrus.
Mar. 12, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old female maned wolf named Diamantina, who died March 8. A final pathology report will provide more information in the coming weeks.