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Zoo News Archive

Female bobcat
Jan. 30, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo reports that a female bobcat, Ollie, has escaped her enclosure. There is no imminent danger to Zoo guests or general public. Bobcats are not known to be aggressive to...
Female gray seal pup
Jan. 25, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail team is celebrating the arrival of a female gray seal pup, born Jan. 21 at 12:43 a.m. to mother Kara. 
Black-footed ferret Capone
Jan. 23, 2017
A geriatric black-footed ferret named Capone was humanely euthanized Jan. 19 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). He was seven years old.
Bats flying over a tree in Myanmar
Jan. 19, 2017
Where and when will the next global health crisis occur? As part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threat program, PREDICT, scientists in Smithsonian’s Global Health Program are on the ground in Myanmar,...
Virginia Working Landscape
Jan. 18, 2017
When the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Piedmont grasslands thaw from winter’s frost and transform with spring’s arrival, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) researchers and citizen...
Mandara and Kibibi
Jan. 18, 2017
What’s the secret ingredient to primate development? Milk! Whether the infant is a human, gorilla or orangutan, all primates depend upon mom’s milk. But, how similar are milk nutrients, hormones and...
Bao Bao munching on bamboo in the snow
Jan. 18, 2017
Join the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for “Bye Bye, Bao Bao,” a series of online and on-site celebratory events to bid a fond farewell to giant panda Bao Bao (BOW-BOW) before she departs for China.
Jan. 12, 2017
Tracking pacific loons from two breeding populations in Alaska.
giant panda bei bei in his habitat
Jan. 10, 2017
Bei Bei is continuing to recover well from his major surgery, and he started eating small amounts of bamboo again a few weeks ago. He now gets several meals of leaf eater biscuits, sweet potatoes and...
MICA students deliver an enrichment item to the Zoo's elephants
Jan. 06, 2017
How big does a “weeble-wobble” have to be to withstand the strength of six female Asian elephants? Over the fall 2016 semester, students at MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art, sought to...
Calaya
Jan. 06, 2017
Calaya is not like the Zoo’s other western lowland gorillas. For months, keepers tried to encourage Calaya to train and participate in enrichment activities to no avail. Then came an “AHA!” moment: ...
Kiwi chick
Dec. 22, 2016
The first three brown kiwi chicks to hatch from eggs laid and incubated at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) have received names. The male chicks are Hari (hatched May 10), Kaha (...
Bei Bei
Dec. 16, 2016
As Bei Bei recovers from surgery, his diet is slowly returning to normal but he still needs to wait until he can eat bamboo. However, he continues to gain weight, and has crossed the 100-pound (45...
arctic ground squirrel
Dec. 15, 2016
Ancient DNA testing has proved the Arctic ground squirrel—believed to have been introduced to Alaska’s Chirikof Island in the early 18th century—has actually been part of the island ecosystem for at...
giant panda rolling in the snow
Dec. 14, 2016
With temperatures dropping, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo continues to ensure that all of its animals—and visitors—are healthy and comfortable.
Bye Bye Bao Bao Event Artwork
Dec. 13, 2016
Bao Bao is headed to China, and FONZ Members are invited to help give her a warm sendoff. Join FONZ on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to say Bye Bye to Bao Bao!
Aerial view of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Dec. 07, 2016
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Wilson College have formed a partnership that will provide academic opportunities for Wilson students and help develop future generations of...
Dec. 05, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is transforming its historic 1928 Bird House into “Experience Migration,” a state-of-the-art exhibition about one of the most...
Batang and Redd (infant)
Nov. 30, 2016
What has the Zoo’s 10-week-old Bornean orangutan, Redd, been up to? His social circle is expanding, says keeper Erin Stromberg, and his personality and curiosity are starting to develop! Get the...
Nov. 29, 2016
You don't need to hibernate this winter—join the cool critters at the Smithsonian's National Zoo for Snow Safari Day Camp! Winter campers explore the lives, habitats, and conservation of animals...
Anne Gilewski, registered veterinary technician, checks giant panda cub Bei Bei's vital prior to surgery.
Nov. 25, 2016
Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant panda cub Bei Bei is stable and recovering following an emergency bowel obstruction surgery to remove a dense, masticated lemon-sized mass of bamboo.
Redd
Nov. 23, 2016
Happy Orangutan Caring Week! We’re celebrating the Zoo’s seven orangutans by sharing their stories.
Bei Bei
Nov. 21, 2016
Bei Bei is becoming more and more independent from his mother Mei Xiang every day. It is hard to believe, but the time is rapidly approaching when he will live separately from her.
Christine, the first Przewalski's horse born from artificial insemination.
Nov. 21, 2016
The first Przewalski’s (cha-VAL-skee) horse born from artificial insemination moved from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, N.D., today, Nov. 21. The...
Dr. Yaoyao Mathura and Dr. Marc Valitutto examine an endangered big-headed turtle
Nov. 14, 2016
On Nov. 7 2016, approximately 800 big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) were confiscated from Chinese traders arrested in Tachileik, Myanmar. Dr. Marc Valitutto of Smithsonian Global Health...