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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
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 press release
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 press release
May. 08, 2012
What: An exclusive media preview of the Zoo's 11 new Asian small-clawed otters. Their names will be revealed.... read press release
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 press release
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