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Press Releases

May. 27, 2011
The National Zoo’s great cat program has recently expanded with the arrival of 2 1/2-year-old female Sumatran tiger, Damai, who is now out of quarantine and spending time outside in her exhibit w... read more
May. 27, 2011
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and partnering organizations will build a frozen repository of Great Barrier Reef coral sperm and embryonic cells.... read more
May. 27, 2011
The National Zoo has welcomed several new additions to its . read more
May. 27, 2011
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have detected a secondary rise in urinary progesterone levels in the Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).... read more
Apr. 27, 2011
A female clouded leopard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a litter of two cubs Monday, March 28. Staff had been on a pregnancy watch of the 2-year-... read more
Apr. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park’s newly-named giant anteater pup Pablo holds on tight as mom Maripi makes her decision.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, animals—and their keepers—at the National Zoological Park’s Small Mammal House got into the holiday spirit.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
On the heels of spring’s arrival, a wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) chick hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo March 20, the third of its kind in the park’s history.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
There is no doubt that Smithsonian curators are experts in their field. But how much do people know about the great work they do?... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park euthanized a female 44-year-old western lowland gorilla, Haloko, today because her declining health compromised her quality of life.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
Beginning today, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park is soliciting help to name its newest anteater—a male born this past winter.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
For more than three decades Dr. JoGayle Howard dedicated her life and work to reproducing endangered species. read more
Mar. 27, 2011
There comes a time in life for every bird to spread its wings and leave the nest, but for gray catbirds, that might be the beginning of the end.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoo’s giant panda mating season began early for the third consecutive year with female Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and male Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) attempting to mate Jan. 29.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
Researching animals in the wild can be challenging, especially if it involves a rare or elusive species like the giant panda or the clouded leopard.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoo has welcomed a new addition to Asia Trail. Lek, a 1-year-old male fishing cat from the Cincinnati Zoo, arrived in December and is now in his exhibit.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo will be featured on the season two premiere of DC Cupcakes, airing Feb. 25 at 10:30 p.m.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park’s “Uncle Beazley” is in need of a facelift. read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoological Park’s youngest brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli), Areta (pronounced AH-reh-tah), died in the early morning of Feb. 14.... read more