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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 press release
cheetah cub running
Aug. 06, 2012
The cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the U.S. read press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
crocodile hatching
Jul. 20, 2012
With the recent hatching of two Cuban crocodiles, the National Zoo just got a little snappier! read press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release