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Zoo News Archive

Western lowland gorilla Moke at 7 weeks old.
Jun. 15, 2018
Today, Moke turns two months old! He is just as curious as ever, but now he is becoming bolder and more interested in those around him.
Calaya cradles 7-week-old Moke in the Great Ape House.
Jun. 08, 2018
In the past two weeks, our western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, has sprouted two new teeth! When he was five weeks old, the primate team observed two lower incisors break through his gums. Now, at 7...
guests at brew at the zoo
Jun. 07, 2018
Drink beer. Save wildlife! Brew at the Zoo tickets are on sale to members today.
two adults and a young boy pose in front of the Stanley Cup on display at the Zoo
Jun. 01, 2018
In honor of the Washington, D.C. Capitals making the NHL finals, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda Tian Tian was given a special treat of a bamboo hockey stick, ice puck and a fruitsicle...
Western lowland gorilla Moke is six weeks old.
Jun. 01, 2018
At six weeks old, western lowland gorilla Moke is already showing interest in exploring his surroundings. Despite his adventurous spirit, mom Calaya continues to hold her infant close.
Giant panda Mei Xiang receives treats while participating in a voluntary ultrasound.
Jun. 01, 2018
It’s been almost three months since Mei Xiang was artificially inseminated. Keepers, veterinarians and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have been monitoring her carefully ever...
Jun. 01, 2018
Maned wolves in the North American population have their own matchmaker. Nucharin Songsasen is a biologist at SCBI and Species Survival Plan coordinator. It's her job to decide which animals to breed...
Male Asian elephant in Myanmar.
Jun. 01, 2018
Learn all about studying elephant personalities in this Q&A with Shifra Goldenberg, a research associate with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center.
Lori Smith bands a red knot at the Delaware Bay.
Jun. 01, 2018
While most people flock to the Delaware shores for some rest and relaxation, migratory birds have an entirely different mindset during their visit: refuel. The Delaware Bay is a key stopover site for...
Andean bear Billie Jean
Jun. 01, 2018
When animal keepers introduced Andean bears Billie Jean and Quito earlier this spring, it seemed that love was in the air. Or, was it hormones? To discover how hormones can affect a bear’s behavior...
Guam kingfisher chick one day after hatching.
May. 31, 2018
A female Guam kingfisher, one of the planet's most endangered bird species, hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on May 17.
members at a May Meet a Mammal event
May. 30, 2018
A pair of exclusive events in May gave Friends of the National Zoo members a chance to meet animals up close.
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke at 5 weeks old with a couple of teeth beginning to show
May. 25, 2018
At 5 weeks old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke continues to thrive, and keepers are beginning to see how his personality is developing. He is very curious and wiggly!
A close-up photo of a wood turtle's face. The turtle has yellow eyes and black and yellow-orange mottled skin
May. 23, 2018
The hare may be quicker than the turtle, but does it actually move more? Smithsonian researchers are tracking wood turtles to better understand how they navigate their environment.
scimitar-horned oryx laying in grass
May. 18, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is dedicated to saving species. Every day, its scientists and partners undertake important conservation efforts to protect species...
One month old western lowland gorilla Moke.
May. 18, 2018
Western lowland gorilla infant Moke turned one month old on Tuesday! He continues to do well and remains bright and alert.
Giant panda Bei Bei with a rainbow ice cake.
May. 16, 2018
On May 6, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute welcomed thousands of visitors to celebrate community and diversity in recognition of International Family Equality Day.
Holstein cow Magnolia frolics at the Kids farm.
May. 14, 2018
Just in time for her public debut, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s female Holstein calf has a name: Magnolia.
The Kids' Farm's new Holstein calf.
May. 11, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is inviting the public to name the newest member of the Kids’ Farm herd—an 8-month-old female Holstein calf. Starting today, May 11,...
Meet a Mammal
May. 11, 2018
Members can get up close and personal with animals from 8 to 9 a.m. on May 12.
A blue and white bird, called a cerulean warbler, being held in a researcher's hand
May. 10, 2018
In Texas, a team of Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists is studying birds that travel through the Gulf of Mexico.
The head and neck of a giraffe wearing a GPS tracker
May. 04, 2018
What is causing the disappearance of reticulated giraffes across the plains where they were once plentiful? Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners are on the case.
Animal keeper Kara Ingraham with a white-nosed coati at the Small Mammal House.
May. 04, 2018
Two-year-old coati sisters Quinn and Ivy are always on the move. Find out how their keeper trained them to sit still and voluntarily participate in their own care.
Western lowland gorilla Moke at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
May. 04, 2018
At almost 3 weeks old, western lowland gorilla infant Moke is growing quickly and is starting to take in his surroundings. 
A cheetah laying in the grass on a sunny day
May. 02, 2018
Discover the answers to some of the most-searched questions about these lightning-fast cats!