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Press Releases

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 press release
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 press release
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 press... read press release
Apr. 18, 2012
Genetic analysis can give researchers a wealth of information about an individual animal or an entire population.... read press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
National Zoo Gorillas are the First to Participate in Heart Disease Study
Mar. 29, 2012
The same device used to detect early warning signs of heart disease in humans will now benefit two male sub-adult gorillas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read press release
Mar. 22, 2012
Part of the mission of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., is to provide exciting and enriching experiences for approximately 2 million annual local, national and... read press release
oryx walking
Mar. 22, 2012
The National Zoo's 21-year-old female scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah), Liberty, was euthanized this morning. read press release
On St. Patrick's Day
Mar. 16, 2012
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, animals--and their keepers--at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station got into the holiday spirit.... read press release
small burgers
Mar. 15, 2012
Tickets are now on sale for ZooFari—D.C.'s foodie event of the year that drives diners wild. read press release
rail and chick
Mar. 15, 2012
As Washington, D.C's unseasonably warm winter turns into spring, a baby boom is underway at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read press... read press release
small brown kiwi
Feb. 23, 2012
The third female brown kiwi that hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Dec. 11 has a new moniker: Omana (pronounced oh-MAH-nah).... read press release
Feb. 21, 2012
It's easy to feel small in the face of large environmental problems like oil spills or air and water pollution, but kids can make a big difference. How? By entering Project Blue Planet, a nationwide... read press release
Photo of a maned wolf pup.
Feb. 17, 2012
The four maned wolf pups born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., received their first vaccinations Thursday during a routine medical exam.... read press release
small monkey with prominent tufts on its ears
Feb. 14, 2012
Childhood obesity is a serious concern, with more than 18 percent of American 4-year-olds considered obese. read press... read press release