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Press Releases

May. 27, 2009
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo detected the start of the decline in urinary progestin levels in the Zoo’s female giant panda, Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).... read press release
Mar. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a giant anteater born yesterday, March 12, in an indoor enclosure. read press... read press release
Mar. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo will host the free event “Easter Monday: Celebrating the African American Family” April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.... read press release
Mar. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is pleased to announce the name of its 2 1/2-month-old female baby western lowland gorilla—Kibibi (kee-BEE-bee)—which means little lady in Swahili.... read press release
Mar. 27, 2009
An endangered clouded leopard at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs on Tuesday, Mar... read press release
Mar. 27, 2009
Toast wildlife conservation at The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s annual wine-tasting event, “Grapes With the Apes,” April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.... read press release
Feb. 27, 2009
Billie Jean, a three-year-old female spectacled bear, made her debut at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. read press release
Feb. 27, 2009
A six-month-old, male Przewalski’s horse died at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. Friday, Jan. 30, due to a fractured neck.... read press release
Jan. 27, 2009
The 2009 giant panda mating season began Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. read press release
Jan. 27, 2009
Looking for the wildest way to celebrate Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? read press release
Jan. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is experiencing a critical and unexpected shortage of its bamboo supply and is reaching out to local landowners and farmers who have bamboo and will allow the Zoo to... read press release
Jan. 27, 2009
Yesterday, a baby western lowland gorilla was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Staff estimate the baby was born at approximately 1:45 p.m. read... read press release
Jan. 27, 2009
If you have ever tried to capture a picture-perfect image of the National Zoo’s giant pandas or wondered how the Zoo’s photographers snap beguiling photos of animals as diverse as elephants and n... read press release
Jan. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has appointed Joseph M. Sacco associate director for education, effective Jan. 5, 2009.... read press release