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cat behind leaf
Aug. 23, 2012
Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo can now see its three-month-old fishing cat kittens exploring, playing, climbing and fishing on Asia Trail.... read more
hoofed animal resting
Aug. 21, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed the births of three different hoofed species in the span of one week.... read more
Aug. 20, 2012
National Zoo scientists have detected a secondary rise in urinary progesterone in its female giant panda, Mei Xiang. read... read more
flamingo chick
Aug. 17, 2012
A flamingo chick hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo July 29. Its sex has not yet been determined. The flock of 63 birds produces about 15 fertile eggs in a normal breeding season.... read more
wine glasses
Aug. 14, 2012
Friends of the National Zoo invites guests to raise a wine glass and toast to conservation at Grapes with the Apes at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Sept. 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.... read more
Aug. 08, 2012
The National Zoo humanely euthanized its 13-day-old Addra (dama) gazelle fawn Aug. 7. The fawn, a male, was born on exhibit in front of visitors.... read more
A closeup of an adult Andean Bear
Aug. 07, 2012
Nikki, the 20-year-old male Andean (or spectacled) bear at the Smithsonian's National Zoo was euthanized Aug. 6. A final pathology report will provide more information.... read more
cheetah cub running
Aug. 06, 2012
The cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the U.S. read more
Aug. 01, 2012
The National Zoo invites visitors to customize their Zoo experience with its first mobile app for iOS devices, now available from the App Stor... read more
young gazelle standing
Jul. 25, 2012
Special delivery at the Smithsonian's National Zoo today! A Dama gazelle was born to mom Adara and dad Raul this afternoon around 2:30 p.m. on exhibit.... read more
cheetah cubs scampering
Jul. 24, 2012
The two 3-month-old cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Olympic athletes have one thing in common: starting this week they will be showing off their speed, agility and raw, physi... read more
Jul. 23, 2012
Prowl around the Great Cats exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Global Tiger Day, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and meet the Zoo's newest tiger - Kavi.... read more
crocodile hatching
Jul. 20, 2012
With the recent hatching of two Cuban crocodiles, the National Zoo just got a little snappier! read more
two lions lying
Jul. 02, 2012
For nearly 2 years, the Washington, D.C. area has watched the Smithsonian's National Zoo's seven young African lions (Panthera leo) grow from playful cubs to majestic juveniles.... read more
kitten examination
Jun. 29, 2012
At 6 weeks old, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's two fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) kittens, a male and female, received a clean bill of health from Zoo veterinarians June 29.... read more
owl chick
Jun. 26, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks May 24. When they hatch, the chicks are helpless and their eyes are closed.... read more
Jun. 25, 2012
The National Zoo's senior male gray seal, Gunnar, died June 22. Keeper and veterinary staff had been managing his declining health for several months.... read more
baby monkey
Jun. 18, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is inviting its Facebook fans to answer the call of the wild by naming one of the Small Mammal House's loudest and most charismatic critters: a baby black howler monk... read more
celebration
Jun. 12, 2012
Conservation is always on tap at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and guests are invited to raise their beer glasses in support during Brew at the Zoo.... read more
Twin Fishing Cats Born at the National Zoo?ÑÓa First
Jun. 12, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is closer to cracking the code for breeding one of Asia's most elusive species with the birth of two fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrinus).... read more