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Zoo News Archive

cheetah cubs playing
Sep. 10, 2012
USA Track & Field Olympic sprinters Carmelita Jeter and Justin Gatlin will be at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this Thursday, Sept. 13, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to meet the Zoo's two...
Sep. 06, 2012
A team of Smithsonian scientists joined more than 200 others around the world to examine if giving protected status to a tropical forest offered adequate protection to the plants and animals within...
Sep. 05, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo will receive $400,000 over the next two years from the Ford Motor Company Fund to study the health of giant pandas.
seal swimming
Aug. 29, 2012
After five years of planning and construction, the National Zoo will open the new American Trail exhibit to the public Saturday, Sept. 1, at noon.
eagle closeup
Aug. 28, 2012
American Trail showcases species that are gems of North American wildlife, and treasures to us all. These animals represent the triumph of the American spirit and conservation success stories.
cat behind leaf
Aug. 23, 2012
Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo can now see its three-month-old fishing cat kittens exploring, playing, climbing and fishing on Asia Trail. The kittens and their mother, Electra, will be...
hoofed animal resting
Aug. 21, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed the births of three different hoofed species in the span of one week. A male scimitar-horned oryx, a female Przewalski's horse and a female onager were born...
Aug. 20, 2012
National Zoo scientists have detected a secondary rise in urinary progesterone in its female giant panda, Mei Xiang.
flamingo chick
Aug. 17, 2012
A flamingo chick hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo July 29. Its sex has not yet been determined. The flock of 63 birds produces about 15 fertile eggs in a normal breeding season.
wine glasses
Aug. 14, 2012
Friends of the National Zoo invites guests to raise a wine glass and toast to conservation at Grapes with the Apes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Aug. 08, 2012
The National Zoo humanely euthanized its 13-day-old Addra (dama) gazelle fawn Aug. 7. The fawn, a male, was born on exhibit in front of visitors.
A closeup of an adult Andean Bear
Aug. 07, 2012
Nikki, the 20-year-old male Andean (or spectacled) bear at the Smithsonian's National Zoo was euthanized Aug. 6. A final pathology report will provide more information.
cheetah cub running
Aug. 06, 2012
The cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the U.S. Olympic sprinters have been demonstrating their speed and agility to the world, and now the fastest Americans share something else with...
Aug. 01, 2012
The National Zoo invites visitors to customize their Zoo experience with its first mobile app for iOS devices, now available from the App Store...
young gazelle standing
Jul. 25, 2012
Special delivery at the Smithsonian's National Zoo today! A Dama gazelle was born to mom Adara and dad Raul this afternoon around 2:30 p.m. on exhibit. A few extremely lucky Zoo visitors witnessed...
cheetah cubs scampering
Jul. 24, 2012
The two 3-month-old cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Olympic athletes have one thing in common: starting this week they will be showing off their speed, agility and raw,...
Jul. 23, 2012
Prowl around the Great Cats exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Global Tiger Day, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and meet the Zoo's newest tiger - Kavi.
crocodile hatching
Jul. 20, 2012
With the recent hatching of two Cuban crocodiles, the National Zoo just got a little snappier! These feisty reptiles hatched July 6 and 14 and are among the most genetically valuable individuals in...
Jul. 15, 2012
With the lion cubs second birthdays rapidly approaching, we are starting to receive official recommendations from the African lion Species Survival Plan (SSP) about where the youngsters will start...
two lions lying
Jul. 02, 2012
For nearly 2 years, the Washington, D.C. area has watched the Smithsonian's National Zoo's seven young African lions (Panthera leo) grow from playful cubs to majestic juveniles.
Jul. 01, 2012
By Stephen Schulze, Small Mammal House K
kitten examination
Jun. 29, 2012
At 6 weeks old, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's two fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) kittens, a male and female, received a clean bill of health from Zoo veterinarians June 29.
owl chick
Jun. 26, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks May 24. When they hatch, the chicks are helpless and their eyes are closed.
Jun. 25, 2012
The National Zoo's senior male gray seal, Gunnar, died June 22. Keeper and veterinary staff had been managing his declining health for several months. A final pathology report will provide more...