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Zoo News Archive

Oct. 27, 2010
At 2 weeks old, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s three African lion (Panthera leo) cubs born to 6-year-old Nababiep Sept. 22 appear to be healthy, Zoo veterinarians said today after completing the...
Oct. 01, 2010
By Kate Volz, Cheetah Conservation Station Keeper at the National Zoo
Oct. 01, 2010
By Malia Somerville, Beaver Valley Keeper at the National Zoo
Sep. 27, 2010
Although the magnificent frigatebird may be the least likely animal on the Galapagos Islands to be unique to the area, it turns out the Galapagos population of this tropical seabird may be its own...
Sep. 27, 2010
Veterinarians and animal care staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo conducted a series of artificial insemination procedures on Shanthi, a 34-year old Asian elephant, September 19, 20, 21 and 22...
Sep. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed its second litter of African lion (Panthera leo) cubs in three weeks Sept. 22. Nababiep and her cubs can now be seen on the Zoo’s live webcam.
Sep. 27, 2010
The birth of three more lion cubs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo this morning has contributed to the growth of the Zoo’s lion pride over the past three weeks and has brought the total number of...
Sep. 27, 2010
It’s that time of year again. In fact, the only time of year when the gates to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, open to the public. During the Autumn...
Sep. 27, 2010
A Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center review of more than 50 studies in regions ranging from Central and South America to Indonesia over the past 15 years demonstrates that shade-grown coffee farms far...
Sep. 27, 2010
The National Zoo’s kori bustard (Ardeotis kori) team received the prestigious Edward H. Bean Award Sept.
Sep. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the completion of Phase I of Elephant Trails, an innovative and expanded home for Asian elephants, Sept. 2.
Sep. 27, 2010
The four lion cubs born at the National Zoo Aug. 31 had their first physical exam today. All four cubs are believed to be female, according to the vets, but it is difficult to determine their...
Sep. 27, 2010
It is easy to feel small in face of large environmental problems, especially with the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which continues to threaten wildlife and habitats. Project Blue Planet,...
Sep. 14, 2010
The least flycatcher spends most of its life in the lowlands of Mexico and Central America. It is easy to overlook with its drab coloration and size. It is only 5 inches long and weighs about the...
Sep. 01, 2010
On August 30, around 10:30 p.m., the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s 5-year-old female African lion Shera
Aug. 27, 2010
Overnight, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed this year’s second litter of African lion (Panthera leo) cubs. On Aug.
Aug. 27, 2010
Visitors to the Think Tank exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will see new interactive activities relating to orangutans—an ape may spray them with water at the Orangutan Mister or play tug...
Aug. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has become the first in the zoo and aquarium community to use coral larvae settling techniques to successfully grow two species of anemones—an accomplishment that...
Aug. 27, 2010
Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have created the first frozen bank for Hawaiian corals in an attempt to...
Aug. 27, 2010
As part of her acclimation to her new home, Shanthi, a 34-year-old female Asian elephant at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, explored her grassy “lower” yard yesterday for the first time. She...
Aug. 27, 2010
A black and rufous giant elephant shrew, or sengi (Rhynchocyon petersi), was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Small Mammal House around July 10.
Aug. 27, 2010
Once believed to be extinct, black-footed ferrets have had a banner year for breeding at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s conservation facility in Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 27, 2010
Four years of work by a team of scientists, veterinarians, animal care specialists and interns from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., and ”The Wilds” in Cumberland,...
Aug. 02, 2010
As frogs around the world continue to disappear—many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibians—one critically endangered species has...
Aug. 02, 2010
One of Japan's "special natural treasures" is now among the National Zoo's most valued scientific gems, after a voyage that has united two cultures in an international conservation effort.