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Zoo News Archive

May. 27, 2010
For the first time in more than 20 years, tiny lion paws are making a mark at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
May. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s geneticists are ironing their lab coats and revving up their DNA sequencers for the celebration of the group’s new state-of-the-art genetics lab at...
May. 27, 2010
Last evening, the National Zoo’s lion cub died. Lion keepers had been closely observing the cub, a male, via camera since his birth Tuesday morning.
May. 01, 2010
One of the loudest birds that we hear in our yards is also one of the smallest. The tiny house wren weighs only 11 grams, about the same as 2 quarters, and is a mere 4 inches long.
May. 01, 2010
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Apr. 27, 2010
A 24-hour pregnancy watch of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is slated to begin today at 4 p.m.
Apr. 27, 2010
As a disease known as amphibian chytrid fungus continues to wipe out amphibian species worldwide, frogs in Panama are finding a safe haven in a seemingly unlikely spot—between the metal walls of...
Apr. 27, 2010
Two weeks and 7,050 votes after the Smithsonian’s National Zoo opened the online polls to the public to name its new giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini), one choice has emerged as the...
Apr. 27, 2010
Following a final ultrasound and hormone analysis, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo confirmed late yesterday (Tuesday, April 27) that female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is not...
Apr. 27, 2010
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo detected a secondary rise in urinary progestagen levels in the Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) March 30.
Apr. 27, 2010
Shade-grown, Bird Friendly coffee is now available in five museum locations at the Smithsonian.
Apr. 01, 2010
By Stephen Schulze, Keeper at the National Zoo’s Small Mammal House
Mar. 27, 2010
One of the world’s most endangered species—a brown kiwi Apteryx mantelli—hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Bird House, early Tuesday morning, March 30.
Mar. 27, 2010
It is a natural explorer in the wild and seems to have an impressive memory. It has eight arms, no spine and its very own Web cam.
Mar. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo will continue a Washington tradition that spans more than 100 years by hosting “Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition”...
Mar. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s rare male clouded leopards Ta Moon (“mischievous child”) and Sa Ming (“brave warrior”) are one year old today!
Mar. 27, 2010
The ensemble of animal noises at the National Zoo will hopefully include the tiny roar of lion cubs this spring.
Mar. 27, 2010
Does your child’s teddy bear need a checkup?
Mar. 27, 2010
Organized by Friends of the National Zoo, the Science Fair is part of the Zoo’s ongoing commitment to education.
Mar. 01, 2010
By Mike Henley, Invertebrate Exhibit Keeper at the National Zoo
Feb. 27, 2010
Understanding how to save an animal species from dying out may depend, in part, on understanding the many unique processes that lead to birth.
Feb. 27, 2010
On February 22, Kigali—the National Zoo’s 15-year-old female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)—successfully underwent dental surgery for a fractured tooth.
Feb. 27, 2010
A clouded leopard at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s campus in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs on Valentine’s Day—Sunday, Feb. 14.
Feb. 27, 2010
Love is in the air at the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Feb. 27, 2010
Tai Shan, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo's beloved 4 ½-year-old giant panda, has arrived safely to his new home at Wolong’s Bifengxia Base in Ya’an, Sichuan. The 184-pound panda arrived at 4:26 p....