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Zoo News Archive

Keeper Mariel Lally asks red panda Jackie to stand on his rear feet.
Sep. 22, 2020
Animal keeper Mariel Lally shares the fluffy scoop on caring for red pandas, Zoo Guardians’ September Animal of the Month!
Zoo veterinarians measure the Zoo's 29-day-old giant panda cub Sept. 19, 2020.
Sep. 21, 2020
Our giant panda cub has reached a big milestone—today marks one month since its birth Aug. 21. Over the weekend, Mei Xiang left the den, and an opportunity arose to conduct the cub's first veterinary...
Giant panda Mei Xiang cradles her cub on Sept. 13, 2020.
Sep. 18, 2020
Guess who is four weeks old today! After 28 days of devoted care from mother Mei Xiang, our giant panda cub is growing into the species’ signature “plump.” 
Red pandas on exhibit at Asia Trail
Sep. 18, 2020
Whether you know them as red pandas, red bear-cats, firefoxes, first pandas, lesser pandas or simply “the other pandas,” get to know these ferociously furry animals.
A close up photo of the 3-week-old giant panda cub.
Sep. 14, 2020
Exciting news! When giant panda Mei Xiang left the den Sept. 13 to eat some bamboo, the panda team was able to retrieve her 3-week-old cub for its first neonatal exam.
Orangutans Batang (L) and Redd (R) cross the O-Line.
Sep. 11, 2020
It’s hard to believe that we are already celebrating our youngest Bornean orangutan’s fourth birthday! Catch up on the latest Redd news from primate keeper Erin Stromberg. 
A 28-day-old female Guam kingfisher chick with colorful feathers and a large head and bill rests on a blue cloth.
Sep. 11, 2020
Guam kingfishers are incredibly rare and difficult to breed, so we are thrilled to be closing out the breeding season with four new chicks. This has been our biggest year to date — and one of our...
A 75-million-year-old lobster fossil. The ridges of its fossilized shell are visible in the piece of rock.
Sep. 11, 2020
Ecologist Andy Boyce discovered a lobster fossil near his field site in Montana, evidence that long ago this area of the Northern Great Plains was once the floor of a shallow sea.
Giant panda Mei Xiang holds her small cub in her arms. The cub has small visible claws and has started to get its black and white markings
Sep. 09, 2020
Our giant panda cub is growing! As our newborn packs on the grams, it is becoming a bit easier to spot on the Panda Cam. 
maned wolf running across snowy field
Sep. 04, 2020
Spindly legs and thick, red fur have earned them the nickname “foxes on stilts,” but maned wolves are neither fox nor wolf. Today, researchers are monitoring maned wolves' heart rates to learn more...
A goat rests on a small bridge in the grassy yard of the Kids' Farm exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Sep. 04, 2020
Goats are cute … and curious, too! Get the scoop on training these energetic animals from keeper Nikki Maticic, who has been working with the Kids’ Farm goats for more than four years.
This spider tortoise hatched July 5, 2020, at the Reptile Discovery Center.
Sep. 04, 2020
A "surprise" spider tortoise hatchling arrived July 5 at the Reptile Discovery Center! Get the scoop from assistant curator Matt Evans. 
Infant orangutan Redd sits in a bucket filled with colorful plastic ball and uses his long limbs to toss them around
Sep. 04, 2020
As our young Bornean orangutan nears his fourth birthday, primate keeper Erin Stromberg reflects on how his relationships with the adults in his social network have blossomed over the last year. 
Giant panda Mei Xiang cradles her newborn cub Aug. 31, 2020.
Sep. 04, 2020
As we celebrate the birth of our newest giant panda cub, take a look back at our top 10 favorite moments from the cub's first two weeks, as seen on the Panda Cam!
Mei Xiang eats sugar cane with her cub.
Sep. 03, 2020
Giant panda Mei Xiang continues to be a wonderful mother to her newborn. Last night, she gently set the cub down on the floor of their den and walked into her main indoor enclosure to drink some...
Giant panda Mei Xiang holds her 10-day-old cub in her forearms. The cub's tiny paws are peeking out.
Aug. 31, 2020
Our giant panda cub appears to be growing nicely! Over the weekend, the Panda Cam revealed a peek of its tiny paws compared to those of mother Mei Xiang. 
Cheetah Echo and her 4-month-old cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Aug. 31, 2020
Mothers are not only our first friends, they are also our first teachers. In August, our wonderful cheetah mother Echo was busy teaching her 4.5-month-old cubs vocalizations.
The bigger the giant panda cub gets, the more distinct its markings get. If you look closely, you can very clearly see black eye patches starting to come in.
Aug. 28, 2020
Last night, giant panda Mei Xiang gave us another peek at her precious cub! If you look closely, you can see its iconic black eye markings starting to appear.
Giant panda Mei Xiang briefly placed her cub on the ground in the early morning Aug. 27, 2020.
Aug. 27, 2020
Big news! Early this morning, our Panda Team observed giant panda Mei Xiang leave the den twice to get a drink of water at 4:27 a.m. and 5:59 a.m. Her brief reprieve offered Panda Cam viewers a look...
Giant panda Mei Xiang and her cub, which was born Aug. 21, 2020.
Aug. 26, 2020
Last night around 5:40 p.m., Mei Xiang placed the cub on the floor of her den for just a few seconds, giving all of those watching the Panda Cam a fantastic view of her growing cub.
Giant Panda Mei Xiang holds her cub gently in her mouth as she readjusts her position.
Aug. 25, 2020
Giant panda Mei Xiang and her newborn cub continue to do well. As Mei Xiang shifts from a resting position (laying down) to a nursing position (sitting up) and vice-versa, she occasionally holds the...
Aug. 24: Giant panda Mei Xiang holds her cub born Aug. 21, 2020 between her paws to keep it warm.
Aug. 24, 2020
Mei Xiang, our 22-year-old giant panda, continues to be a devoted mother. Interestingly, she has found a new position to hold this cub.
Giant panda Mei Xiang cradles her newborn cub Aug. 22, 2020. The cub was born Aug. 21, 2020, at 6:35 p.m.
Aug. 23, 2020
Our panda team observed Mei Xiang and her cub overnight and were happy with the behaviors they saw. As expected, Mei Xiang is being an excellent and attentive mother. She has already established...
Giant panda Mei Xiang in her den cradling a cub in her fur
Aug. 21, 2020
Smithsonian’s National Zoo staff will be available to discuss the recent giant panda cub birth.
Giant Panda Mei Xiang rests with her tiny, newborn cub in her den at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Giant Panda House
Aug. 21, 2020
Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to a cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo today, Aug. 21 at 6:35 p.m.