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Zoo News Archive

Zoo staff train colleagues in India.
Nov. 03, 2017
Smithsonian staff recently traveled to India, where they are training colleagues on best practices in animal care, husbandry and veterinary medicine.
Norway rat at Think Tank.
Nov. 03, 2017
Picture an intelligent mammal. One whose smarts are not only key to their survival but also, in certain situations, to that of humans. The Norway rat may not come first to mind, but its ability to...
Small Mammal House keepers clean the lemur exhibit.
Nov. 03, 2017
Some of the Zoo’s most marvelous mammals are also the smallest—from alluring armadillos to endearing naked mole-rats. More than 35 species are on the move at the Small Mammal House, and it takes a...
Western lowland gorilla Calaya in the Great Ape House outdoor habitat.
Nov. 03, 2017
For the first time in nine years, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla.
Female kiwi chick
Nov. 01, 2017
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and the Embassy of New Zealand in the United States are asking animal lovers to help name an endangered female brown kiwi...
A Przewalski's horse running through the grass with large boulders in the background
Nov. 01, 2017
In September, Conservation Ecology Center researcher John McEvoy traveled to Mongolia to study the movement behavior of reintroduced Przewalski’s horses—the last of the truly wild horse species.
Great Barrier Coral Reef
Oct. 30, 2017
As global warming, acidification and disease threaten a healthy future for the world’s coral reefs, conservationists in recent years have turned to the lab to study advanced reproductive methods,...
Connecticut Avenue ZooLights Entrance Pandas
Oct. 26, 2017
ZooLights—powered by Pepco—at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is wilder than ever and a perfect holiday event for everyone in the family. Now in its 11th year, the annual free lights festival twinkles...
Prehensile-tailed porcupette born Oct. 19.
Oct. 25, 2017
Small Mammal House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine Oct 19.
guests holding light-up tumblers at BrewLights
Oct. 24, 2017
Every winter, the Smithsonian's National Zoo stays open late and lights up with holiday magic during ZooLights, powered by Pepco. And there's nothing better than a brilliantly lit winter wonderland...
White-cheeked giboon
Oct. 17, 2017
Tuyen, a 10-year-old female white-cheeked gibbon at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, was humanely euthanized Oct. 12, after suffering from progressive neurologic disease and acute seizures. 
A male sloth bear with his front legs resting on an enrichment toy
Oct. 17, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo recently welcomed a new sloth bear into its zoological family. Niko, a 2-year-old male, arrived Oct. 6 from NaturZoo Rheine in Germany and joins 3-year-old female sloth...
Black-footed ferret
Oct. 13, 2017
Ever wonder what causes black-footed ferrets to breed successfully, play aggressively or simply survive in the wild? Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) recently...
Woolly Monkey
Oct. 13, 2017
Center for Conservation and Sustainability researcher Tremaine Gregory is climbing to the top of the Amazon rainforest to set up camera traps and learn how animals use the canopies to move from place...
Brown Pelican
Oct. 13, 2017
For the first time ever, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center has teamed up with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to track the migration of brown...
A researcher swabbing a salamander
Oct. 13, 2017
In 2016, the international import of 201 salamander species into the United States was restricted in an effort to prevent the newly discovered deadly salamander fungal disease, Batrachochytrium...
Red panda
Oct. 12, 2017
We are sad to share that one of red panda Nutmeg’s cubs born June 14 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, was euthanized Oct. 4. Keepers rushed her to the...
A sea lion demo at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Oct. 06, 2017
A stroll down American Trail brings visitors face-to-face with swimming sea lions, busy beavers and resourceful ravens. What visitors may not see are the dedicated keepers working hard behind the...
North American bat
Oct. 06, 2017
These bats have been dead for more than a century, but they are finding a second “life” as a research specimen. It may sound like a spooky science fiction story, but it is actually the work of...
Electric Eel in the Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab
Oct. 06, 2017
Visitors seeking to inject a jolt of fun into their trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo need look no further than Amazonia’s Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab!
An electric eel in the new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab in the Amazonia Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Oct. 05, 2017
The Amazonia Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing with a current from a brand-new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab, opening Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. The multisensory lab is home to a 5-foot...
Guam rail release on Rota.
Sep. 27, 2017
Two female Guam rails born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, were released to the wild in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Sept. 18. This...
Alpaca Ziggy at the Kids' Farm
Sep. 26, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of 12-year-old alpaca, Ziggy, who died Sept. 23.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.
Sep. 25, 2017
The 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.—which is the headquarters for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s conservation science initiatives and is normally...
Dama gazelle calves
Sep. 21, 2017
The Cheetah Conservation Station at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating a baby boom of critically endangered dama gazelles. Three calves were born Aug. 30, Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 to mothers...