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Dec. 27, 2011
Although giant Pacific octopuses are masters of disguise, the new octopus at the National Zoo revealed its true identity Saturday when a keeper helped it select its name: Pandora.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
David M. Rubenstein donated $4.5 million to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to fund the giant panda program for the next five years.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park will announce a generous gift that funds the giant panda program for five years.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
A member of one of the world's most endangered species—the brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli)—hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House Dec. 11 at 10:25 a.m. The egg was laid Oct.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
The spotlight of ZooLights fell on the Kids' Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, Sunday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
Springtime in Australia means balmier weather, but the Great Barrier Reef's future may depend on subzero temperatures.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is thrilled to announce another major grant to help fund the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory (NEHL) at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
Sans berets, smocks or palettes, the animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are getting their paws dirty with non-toxic, water-based paint and creating one-of-a-kind works of art.... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
The newest member of the charismatic cephalopod community at the Smithsonian's National Zoo may only be the size of a grapefruit now, but he (or she) has some long arms to grow. On Nov.... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
Nearly 20 years after the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute became the first to produce an Eld's deer fawn through artificial insemination, SCBI scientists have now contributed to the birt... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
Instead of hibernating this holiday season, visitors can weather the winter at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
WHAT: Washington Capitals Players, Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault, skate with 50 contest winners on Dec. read more
Nov. 27, 2011
Sparkling brighter than ever in its fifth straight year at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, ZooLights-- powered by Pepco--remains the only free holiday light show in the Washington-Metro area.... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
After voting polls closed at noon today, black-footed ferret keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., revealed the ferret webcam star’s new name—on the webc... read more
Oct. 27, 2011
HANOI, Vietnam – Project Predator, an initiative to protect and save the world's last surviving wild tigers was unveiled today at the 80th INTERPOL General Assembly, a gathering of global law enfor... read more
Oct. 27, 2011
Human history has never seen a more pivotal time for wildlife. read more
Oct. 27, 2011
Changes in North American ecosystems over the past 150 years have caused coyotes to move from their native habitats in the plains and southwestern deserts of North America to habitats throughout th... read more
Oct. 27, 2011
She is small, she is cute and she is a webcam star. But this little black-footed ferret, born April 15 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., does not have a name.... read more
Oct. 27, 2011
Using one of the largest DNA data sets for a group of birds and employing next-generation sequencing methods, Smithsonian scientists and collaborators have determined the evolutionary family tree f... read more