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Press Releases

Mar. 12, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old female maned wolf named Diamantina, who died March 8. read press... read press release
Feb. 26, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washingtonian magazine are asking kids for help in welcoming the Zoo's elephants to their new Elephant Community Center.... read press release
black and white bear cub being examined
Feb. 20, 2013
The eight-week-old Andean bear cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's received a clean bill of health today from the Zoo veterinarians.... read press release
Feb. 13, 2013
Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating? read press release
Feb. 01, 2013
This Valentine's Day, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is offering valentines a unique way to show their love for their family and friends.... read press release
Orangutan touching an ipad
Jan. 22, 2013
When great ape keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were deciding how to add more variety and enrichment to their animals' lives, they turned to Orangutan Outreach and a program that had seen... read press release
Keeper with a kiwi
Jan. 15, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a global leader in brown kiwi conservation largely because of Animal Keeper Kathy Brader's efforts, and her devotion to this endangered species was honored recentl... read press release
Jan. 14, 2013
As rapid economic expansion continues to shape the Asian landscape on which many species depend, time is running out for conservationists aiming to save wildlife such as tigers... read press release
Jan. 02, 2013
If you have visited the Cheetah Conservation Station at the Smithsonian's National Zoo lately, you may have noticed new red river hog or sitatunga, and wondered: what are they?... read press release
bear cubs in den
Dec. 13, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Andean bear cubs born overnight to 6-year-old Billie Jean. The first cub was born around 12:01 a.m. and the second at 2:02 a.m.... read press release
Relocating Elephants Fails to Decrease Human?ÑÐWildlife Conflict
Dec. 10, 2012
Human—elephant conflict in Sri Lanka kills more than 70 humans and 200 Asian elephants every year. read press release
ultrasound display
Dec. 07, 2012
As the world celebrated the pregnancy news from Buckingham Palace earlier in the week, staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were making preparations for their own highly anticipated birth: Andea... read press release
Nov. 26, 2012
The Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel—one of the only solar-powered carousels in the world—is now open at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read press release
Nov. 19, 2012
Veterinary staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo humanely euthanized a 19-year-old female Sumatran tiger, Soyono, this morning. read... read press release
Nov. 14, 2012
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and collaborators have found that the island scrub-jay's population on Santa Cruz Island—its only habitat—is significantly smaller than... read press release
large light display
Nov. 13, 2012
ZooLights—powered by Pepco—at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is wilder than ever this year and a perfect holiday event for everyone in the family! The annual lights festival, hosted by Friends of the... read press release
small snake in the palm of a hand
Nov. 08, 2012
The newest additions at the Reptile Discovery Center at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were a surprise even to the keepers: eight tentacled snakes, born Oct.... read press release
bear leaning against tree
Nov. 02, 2012
Every year more than 4 million people enjoy the popular Appalachian Trail, which extends from Maine to Georgia and is surrounded by forests as well as agricultural and residenti... read press release
baby dama gazelle
Oct. 26, 2012
Last month, the Smithsonian's National Zoo celebrated the birth of its sprightly male dama gazelle calf, born Sept. 4 to mother Fahima.... read press release