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Zoo News Archive

kirtland's warbler sitting on a branch
Mar. 02, 2017
Using new and minute technology, Smithsonian scientists have, for the first time ever, tracked one of North America’s rarest birds―the Kirtland’s warbler―throughout its full annual cycle, revealing...
A cuban crocodile and its reflection in the water
Mar. 01, 2017
We HERD you loud and clear! You want additional opportunities for exclusive access to the Zoo animals you love. That’s why we are excited to announce our new benefit just for FONZ members: the Early...
cheetah cub
Feb. 28, 2017
Join world-renowned scientists for in-depth discussions about how new technology is impacting conservation management of endangered species.
Feb. 27, 2017
At the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), our cheetah breeding program has been very successful since its beginnings eight years ago. The cheetah breeding facility is nine acres and...
a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine lounges on a tree branch
Feb. 24, 2017
The Small Mammal House recently welcomed a baby prehensile-tailed porcupine! Baby porcupines are known, adorably, as porcupettes. 
Cuban crocodile
Feb. 23, 2017
The Reptile Discovery Center’s research on Cuban crocodiles continues! Currently, the team is listening for and recording vocalizations.
Giant panda Bao Bao sits and eats bamboo
Feb. 22, 2017
Bao Bao, her keeper Marty Dearie and Dr. Katharine Hope landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6:59 p.m. CST after a 16-hour direct flight aboard the “FedEx Panda Express,”...
Giant panda Bao Bao looks out of travel crate at keeper Marty Dearie shortly after arriving in China
Feb. 22, 2017
Giant panda Bao Bao and Zoo staff landed at China’s Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport around 6:59 p.m. 
Feb. 22, 2017
Early this morning, wild, migratory black-crowned night herons were seen for the first time this year returning to their nesting colony near the Zoo's Bird House—their only rookery in Washington, D.C.
bao bao eating bamboo
Feb. 21, 2017
VIDEO: Here's a look back at what Bao Bao means to all of us.
Feb. 21, 2017
Bao Bao began her journey to China this morning. She departed the Smithsonian’s National Zoo at 10:35 for Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia where she will board a FedEx 777F plane...
Giant panda Bao Bao at two days old
Feb. 16, 2017
As keepers prepared to say bye-bye to Bao Bao, they shared some of their favorite memories of the playful and inquisitive cub who made history.
bao bao climbing over a log
Feb. 16, 2017
Relive some of giant panda Bao Bao's best moments in this video!
Bao Bao eats bamboo at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Feb. 16, 2017
At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, giant pandas sit in their habitat munching contentedly on bamboo shoots. But, consider that giant pandas—native to China—were once on the brink of extinction. And,...
Feb. 15, 2017
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FONZ Members During Bye Bye Bao Bao Event
Feb. 14, 2017
On Saturday morning, about 3,000 FONZ members gathered at the panda house for a special opportunity to say Bye Bye Bao Bao, a little more than a week before she heads to her new home in China.
heron on railing at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Feb. 10, 2017
Attaching transmitters to wild black-crowned night herons that nest at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House.
Giant panda Bao Bao climbs over a tree branch
Feb. 06, 2017
Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China Feb. 21.
Amazon milk frog
Feb. 03, 2017
Did you know: the Amazon milk frog has special toe pads on its feet to help them climb plants. They're so strong they can hold up to 14 times the animal's body weight! Check out even more fun facts...
close up of Squeegee the harbor seal's face and whiskers
Feb. 03, 2017
The Zoo’s 31-year-old male harbor seal, Squeegee, died shortly after a diagnostic medical exam Feb. 1. American Trail keepers had been monitoring Squeegee closely for several weeks after he presented...
Tufted deer
Feb. 03, 2017
A geriatric female tufted deer died at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) Feb. 2. The 24-year-old tufted deer named Morticia had been treated for cataracts and mobility issues...
Clouded Leopard
Feb. 02, 2017
Why do clouded leopards seem to have a tough time reproducing outside of their natural habitat? As wild populations continue to dwindle, conservation scientists are working against the clock to find...
Gray seal pup
Feb. 02, 2017
In the early morning hours Jan. 21, American Trail keepers welcomed a fifth seal to the colony! For the past two weeks, the female pup has been bonding with mom, Kara, in an off-exhibit area and...
Sparky
Feb. 02, 2017
Love is in the air for the Zoo’s Sumatran tigers, Sparky and Damai! Their relationship, says keeper Dell Guglielmo, has been blossoming ever since the pair was introduced last September.
Man swabbing the inside of an anaesthetized bobcat
Feb. 02, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s female bobcat, Ollie—who escaped—received a medical exam this afternoon. She spent the night in the Zoo’s veterinary hospital under observation.