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Twin Fishing Cats Born at the National Zoo?ÑÓa First
Jun. 12, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is closer to cracking the code for breeding one of Asia's most elusive species with the birth of two fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus). Seven-year-old Electra...
Jun. 11, 2012
Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems.
Jun. 07, 2012
At 6 weeks old, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's two cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs received a clean bill of health from Zoo veterinarians June 7. The veterinary team performed a complete physical...
Jun. 01, 2012
First of all, here is a Guntur
May. 29, 2012
A six-year-old male brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) named Manaia died Saturday, May 26, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. He had not exhibited any warning signs of clinical illness.
two cheetah cubs closeup
May. 23, 2012
Three weeks after their unconventional and rocky entrance into the world, two 3-week-old cheetahs were transported May 18 to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in good health, thanks to the hard work and...
May. 22, 2012
When Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute postdoctoral fellow Ben Hirsch found that juvenile ring-tailed coatis regularly attack stronger, older coatis and often even receive help from adult...
May. 17, 2012
The National Zoo will close early today in preparation for ZooFari (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). The lower half of the Zoo, from the Small Mammal House down, will close at noon.
May. 12, 2012
A family group of Asian small-clawed otters arrived at the Smithsonian's National Zoo this spring!
Infrastructure Supporting National Parks May Provide Poachers Easier Access to Wildlife
May. 11, 2012
As new development projects take over pristine wilderness, national parks provide some of the last safe havens for wildlife.
May. 11, 2012
As new development projects take over pristine wilderness, national parks provide some of the last safe havens for wildlife.
several otters
May. 10, 2012
As the U.S. Olympic Swim Team prepares to go for the gold in London, a new family of Asian small-clawed otters (Amblonyx cinereus) is making quite a splash of their own at the National Zoo.
May. 08, 2012
What: An exclusive media preview of the Zoo's 11 new Asian small-clawed otters. Their names will be revealed. Who: Tallie Wiles, animal keeper, Asia Trail
ZooFari
May. 07, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo feeds 400 species regularly, but on May 17 Friends of the National Zoo will host the human species at ZooFari, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited on a...
May. 02, 2012
When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it is not the radio they have left on.
May. 02, 2012
When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it is not the radio they have left on.
May. 01, 2012
Hi, my name is Marie Galloway. I am the elephant manager here at National Zoo. Those of you that have been following our website for a long time might remember me from the "Moving In" blog.
May. 01, 2012
The new exhibit at Small Mammal House uses radiographs and artifacts to explain the relationship between body structure and behavior of animals. Visitors will see some interesting X-rays and learn...
people standing
Apr. 30, 2012
Giant panda breeding season began this year at the Smithsonian's National Zoo when female giant panda, Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), went into estrus over the weekend. Dr.
Apr. 20, 2012
Two young adult Asian small-clawed otters, from a new family of 13, died late yesterday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Apr. 18, 2012
Genetic analysis can give researchers a wealth of information about an individual animal or an entire population.
two oryx
Apr. 18, 2012
Visitors strolling through the Smithsonian's National Zoo one of these beautiful spring days will see a variety of baby animals, some new faces and enjoy an entirely new food experience.
Apr. 15, 2012
Guntur is officially the newest resident o
Apr. 13, 2012
Birds provide one of the most common ways to encounter nature in cities, but few people wonder how their actions affect birds looking for love.