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Press Releases

Smithsonian-tracked Ghost Bird Takes Flight
Apr. 12, 2016
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they... read press release
Apr. 11, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) lost a senior male black-footed ferret following a routine procedure Wednesday, April 6.... read press release
Mar. 17, 2016
On March 17 around 10:55 a.m., a contractor was performing routine maintenance on the life support system (LSS) located between the otter and beaver habitats on the American Trail exhibit at t... read press release
Mar. 17, 2016
Officials from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the Central Zoo Authority from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of the Republic of... read press release
Mar. 15, 2016
Jose Escoto has been named associate director for Finance and Administration at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., effective today.... read press release
Photo of a baby Allen's swamp monkey with its mother Layla.
Mar. 11, 2016
Primate keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are celebrating the birth of an Allen's swamp monkey, born overnight March 9 to 9-year-old mother Layla.... read press release
pup resting
Mar. 11, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed two maned wolf pups earlier this winter. read press... read press release
Mar. 10, 2016
What:The National Zoo and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is hosting the free event Easter Monday: A Washington Family Tradition.When:... read press release
Mar. 09, 2016
One of the National Zoo's adult male cheetahs, Granger, was humanely euthanized March 8. Granger was 10-and-a-half years old. read... read press release
Feb. 29, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo has temporarily closed the Kids' Farm exhibit because E. coli stx 1 gene bacteria was discovered in a few of the animals.... read press release
Feb. 10, 2016
WHAT:Free public lecture on the Save Vanishing Species postage stamp read press release
tagged deer
Feb. 05, 2016
In a serendipitous turn of events, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and partners have discovered a malaria parasite, Plasmodium odocoilei, in up to 25 percent of white... read press release
Feb. 02, 2016
A 16-year-old male Przewalski's (shah-VAL-skee) horse named Frog died suddenly under anesthesia in preparation for a reproductive assessment at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)... read press release
Jan. 27, 2016
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent.... read press release
Jan. 20, 2016
Extreme weather conditions, like those expected with this year's powerful El Niño have strong effects on a charismatic Amazonian bird species, the wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda).... read press release
Jan. 12, 2016
WHAT: Public debut of giant panda cub Bei Bei at the National Zoo read press release
red panda in exhibit
Jan. 07, 2016
After a two-year hiatus, red pandas have returned to the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read press release
Jan. 04, 2016
Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and partners have published a paper that will help them save Panamanian frog species from extinction due to a deadly fungal disease called Chytridiomycosis... read press release
Dec. 16, 2015
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized an elderly male scimitar-horned oryx named Dr. Bob Dec. 14.... read press release
women holding dogs
Dec. 09, 2015
After decades of attempts, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists and researchers at Cornell University have become the first to successfully use in vitro fertilization (IVF)... read press release