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Zoo News Archive

Gray Seal Selkie
Nov. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo’s senior female gray seal, Selkie, died today. At 43 years old, Selkie was the oldest gray seal living in human care. The lifespan of a wild gray seal is usually 25 or...
Agouti baby
Nov. 04, 2016
The Smithsonian National Zoo's new agouti needs a name and we need your help!  
Wild-born scimitar-horned oryx calf and mother in Chad
Nov. 04, 2016
I traveled to the United Arab Emirates in early October to work on the second release of Scimitar-horned Oryx with our collaborators from the Environment Agency—Abu Dhabi (EAD).
Nov. 04, 2016
SCBI's Center for Conservation and Sustainability is in Peru's Amarakaeri Communal Reserve recording how life is responding to an area of the forest designated for natural gas exploration....
ZooLights Entrance
Oct. 31, 2016
ZooLights, powered by Pepco, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is wilder than ever and a perfect holiday event for families. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo, the festival will run over 35 days...
FONZ members on conservation carousel during ZooLights
Oct. 28, 2016
FONZ members enjoy a full week of exclusive perks at ZooLights, from Dec. 3 through Dec. 10, including a set of coupons for tubing, train, and carousel rides. Plus, FREE parking all week!
Oct. 27, 2016
Explore and learn with Friends of the National Zoo this winter through camps and family programs. Remember, FONZ members receive early priority registration and discounts, so don't delay and register...
Oct. 25, 2016
Who doesn't love a winter expedition, especially when there's a little learning involved? Explore and learn with Friends of the National Zoo this winter through camps and birthday parties. Snow...
Andean Bear Cisco at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Oct. 24, 2016
A 23-year-old male Andean bear named Cisco died at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Oct. 24 during an emergency veterinary exam. In the past week, Cisco became less active and began breathing more...
Bao Bao in her yard eating bamboo
Oct. 20, 2016
Giant panda Bao Bao will depart the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for China in late winter, within the first few months of 2017.
Oct. 20, 2016
Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions about Bao Bao's departure.
Sloth Bear Hana
Oct. 18, 2016
A 21-year-old female sloth bear named Hana was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Monday, Oct. 17. In human care, sloth bears typically have a median life expectancy of early-to-...
Oct. 14, 2016
Smithsonian's Global Health Program (SGHP), through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) PREDICT program, aims to strengthen developing countries’ ability to detect, control and...
male gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) defends his hatchlings in the Chambal River, Uttar Pradesh
Oct. 14, 2016
Smithsonian's Global Health Program is a contributor to the partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and India’s Central Zoo Authority. This collaboration...
a local herder welcomes a newborn camel calf named “Devin” in honor of Dr. Tunseth
Oct. 14, 2016
In Kenya, the Smithsonian Institution maintains a close collaboration with the Mpala Research Center and Ranch (MRC) located in Laikipia County.
Bei Bei
Oct. 14, 2016
Our veterinary team visited the giant panda habitat last week for routine checkups on all of the pandas. Of special note in Bei Bei's check-up, the team successfully collected blood and gave him two...
Dr. Kali Holder examines rhino histology slides in Nairobi, Kenya.
Oct. 14, 2016
When a mysterious disease emerged in Kenyan black and white rhinos, Dr. Kali Holder headed Kenya to examine samples and train technicians in sample processing, hoping to discover clues to the cause...
SCBI scientists core dead trees to determine why they died.
Oct. 13, 2016
If you want to understand why trees are dying, just ask Kristina Anderson-Teixeira.
White-naped crane chick and parent
Oct. 10, 2016
For many endangered species, their future is only as promising as their genes are diverse. Genetic diversity is key to a population that is self-sustaining and can more effectively fight off disease.
Zoo veterinarians obtain a blood sample from an orangutan.
Oct. 10, 2016
What’s a zoo to do when an orangutan has the sniffles? Treatment depends on whether the infection is viral or bacterial, says Priscilla Joyner, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI’...
North Island Brown Kiwi on a table
Oct. 07, 2016
Since 1968 the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's scientists, animal keepers and researchers have been working to save kiwi from extinction.
Mother and baby eld's deer sitting in hay inside a barn
Oct. 04, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed an Eld’s deer fawn Oct. 2 around 4:30 p.m. Both the fawn and her mom Sienna appear to be doing well and the fawn is nursing.
Przewalski's Horse in Mongolia
Sep. 27, 2016
A conservationist’s work is never done. At least, it doesn’t stop when a species is returned to its native habitat.
Mares Xolani (L) and Yvonne (R)
Sep. 27, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras are grazing the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.
Batang and Redd (infant)
Sep. 27, 2016
The newest member of our primate family has arrived! Meet Redd, a Bornean orangutan born to mother Batang and father Kyle on Sept. 12.