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Jun. 11, 2012
Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems.... read more
Jun. 07, 2012
At 6 weeks old, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's two cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs received a clean bill of health from Zoo veterinarians June 7. The veterinary team performed a complete physical... read more
May. 29, 2012
A six-year-old male brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) named Manaia died Saturday, May 26, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. He had not exhibited any warning signs of clinical illness.... read more
two cheetah cubs closeup
May. 23, 2012
Three weeks after their unconventional and rocky entrance into the world, two 3-week-old cheetahs were transported May 18 to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in good health, thank... read more
May. 22, 2012
When Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute postdoctoral fellow Ben Hirsch found that juvenile ring-tailed coatis regularly attack stronger, older coatis and often even receive help from adult... read more
May. 17, 2012
The National Zoo will close early today in preparation for ZooFari (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). The lower half of the Zoo, from the Small Mammal House down, will close at noon.... read more
Infrastructure Supporting National Parks May Provide Poachers Easier Access to Wildlife
May. 11, 2012
As new development projects take over pristine wilderness, national parks provide some of the last safe havens for wildlife.... read more
May. 08, 2012
What: An exclusive media preview of the Zoo's 11 new Asian small-clawed otters. Their names will be revealed.... read more
ZooFari
May. 07, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo feeds 400 species regularly, but on May 17 Friends of the National Zoo will host the human species at ZooFari, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests are invited on a... read more
May. 02, 2012
When the elephant keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo hear the sound of a harmonica, it is not the radio they have left on.... read more
people standing
Apr. 30, 2012
Giant panda breeding season began this year at the Smithsonian's National Zoo when female giant panda, Mei Xiang (may-SHONG), went into estrus over the weekend. Dr.... read more
Apr. 20, 2012
Two young adult Asian small-clawed otters, from a new family of 13, died late yesterday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read more
Apr. 18, 2012
Genetic analysis can give researchers a wealth of information about an individual animal or an entire population.... read more
two oryx
Apr. 18, 2012
Visitors strolling through the Smithsonian's National Zoo one of these beautiful spring days will see a variety of baby animals, some new faces and enjoy an entirely new food experience.... read more
Apr. 13, 2012
Birds provide one of the most common ways to encounter nature in cities, but few people wonder how their actions affect birds looking for love.... read more
Apr. 06, 2012
Many factors affect the future of forests, making it complicated to develop predictions about where they will disappear and where they will flourish, what types of trees they will include and how m... read more
panda eating bamboo
Apr. 04, 2012
Two new research papers by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and partners will help conservation biologists make strides in saving the fewer than 1,600 giant... read more
mom and baby monkey
Apr. 02, 2012
Spring is in full swing at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, and the Small Mammal House—which celebrated the birth of a black howler monkey (Alouatta caraya) March 22—is no exception.... read more