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Zoo News Archive

Jun. 27, 2011
On June 15, history was made at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Bird House when its 50th kori bustard chick (Ardeotis kori) emerged from its shell.
Jun. 27, 2011
For the first time since five cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., on May 28, 2011, animal care staff had a few brief moments to weigh and...
Jun. 27, 2011
Smithsonian scientists have confirmed that chytridiomycosis, a rapidly spreading amphibian disease, has reached a site near Panama's Darien region. This was the last area in the entire mountainous...
Jun. 27, 2011
Five cheetah cubs were born May 28 to 6-year-old Amani at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. Amani is a dedicated mother according to keepers, who have observed her...
May. 27, 2011
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have detected a secondary rise in urinary progesterone levels in the Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).
May. 27, 2011
The National Zoo’s great cat program has recently expanded with the arrival of 2 1/2-year-old female Sumatran tiger, Damai, who is now out of quarantine and spending time outside in her exhibit...
May. 27, 2011
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and partnering organizations will build a frozen repository of Great Barrier Reef coral sperm and embryonic cells.
May. 27, 2011
The National Zoo has welcomed several new additions to its . Ten giant clams arrived in February from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and after six weeks in quarantine are now on exhibit in the...
May. 27, 2011
The predictability and scale of seasonal changes in a habitat help determine the distance migratory species move and whether the animals always travel together to the same place or independently to...
May. 01, 2011
By Jason Gue, Elephant Keeper at the National Zoo
Apr. 27, 2011
A female clouded leopard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a litter of two cubs Monday, March 28. Staff had been on a pregnancy watch of the 2-year-...
Apr. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park’s newly-named giant anteater pup Pablo holds on tight as mom Maripi makes her decision.
Apr. 14, 2011
Many people may have heard or recognize the, teacher teacher teacher teacher song of the ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) as they walk through forested areas in North America during the spring and...
Mar. 27, 2011
There is no doubt that Smithsonian curators are experts in their field. But how much do people know about the great work they do? Now, the public has a chance to test its knowledge about the National...
Mar. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park euthanized a female 44-year-old western lowland gorilla, Haloko, today because her declining health compromised her quality of life. Haloko was the Zoo’s...
Mar. 27, 2011
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, animals—and their keepers—at the National Zoological Park’s Small Mammal House got into the holiday spirit.
Mar. 27, 2011
Beginning today, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park is soliciting help to name its newest anteater—a male born this past winter.
Mar. 27, 2011
For more than three decades Dr. JoGayle Howard dedicated her life and work to reproducing endangered species.
Mar. 27, 2011
There comes a time in life for every bird to spread its wings and leave the nest, but for gray catbirds, that might be the beginning of the end.
Mar. 27, 2011
On the heels of spring’s arrival, a wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) chick hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo March 20, the third of its kind in the park’s history.
Mar. 01, 2011
Perhaps no bird species in North American elicits a more emotional response from birders and researchers alike than the brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater; hereafter: cowbirds).
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoo’s giant panda mating season began early for the third consecutive year with female Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and male Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) attempting to mate Jan. 29.