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seal pup with mom
Jun. 29, 2016
For the first time in 32 years, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's American Trail team celebrated the arrival of a sea lion pup, born June 26 to 11-year-old mother Calli.... read more
Jun. 27, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo recently welcomed two new residents to its Cheetah Conservation Station: maned wolves. read... read more
Jun. 27, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized a 1-year-old female scimitar-horned oryx, after sustaining a severe spinal injury on June 25.... read more
cheetah snarling
Jun. 21, 2016
The planet's last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)... read more
coral
Jun. 17, 2016
Not even pioneering assisted-reproduction techniques can bolster the odds of successful reproduction in bleached coral reefs, according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Inst... read more
sloth bear
Jun. 16, 2016
The National Zoo's senior male sloth bear, 25-year-old Francois, was humanely euthanized yesterday. In human care, sloth bears typically have a median life expectancy of early-to-mid 20s.... read more
orangutan sitting
Jun. 14, 2016
For the first time in 25 years, staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of an endangered Bornean orangutan.... read more
elephant in yard
Jun. 09, 2016
Virtual visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will now be able to see its herd of six Asian elephants up-close. read more
large salamander
Jun. 08, 2016
A Japanese giant salamander at the Smithsonian's National Zoo died June 6. read more
kiwi resting
May. 31, 2016
For the first time, an egg laid by a female brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., hatched May 10.... read more
Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Opens at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
May. 27, 2016
On exhibit for the first time in the Washington, D.C. region, the Smithsonian's National Zoo presents Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea from May 27 through Sept. 5.... read more
reddish-brown medium-sized furry mammal
May. 10, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's red panda habitat on Asia Trail reopened to the public Tuesday, May 10. read more
May. 09, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is mourning the loss of a 6-year-old female maned wolf named Uno, who died May 7.... read more
May. 04, 2016
WHAT: Media preview of red pandas Tusa and Asa in their newly refurbished habitat on Asia Trail WHEN: Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m.... read more
baby lemur
Apr. 20, 2016
Small Mammal House keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are celebrating the birth of three critically endangered red-ruffed lemurs born April 5 to 6-year-old mother Molly.... read more
Apr. 15, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo lifted its temporary quarantine on the Kids' Farm exhibit that has been in effect since Feb. 26 after E.... read more
Photo of scimitar-horned oryx being reintroduced to the wild.
Apr. 13, 2016
For the first time, scimitar-horned oryx are going to be reintroduced to the wild in Chad. read more
Smithsonian-tracked Ghost Bird Takes Flight
Apr. 12, 2016
Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) and partners are celebrating the start of migration this month with a single long-billed curlew they... read more
Apr. 11, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) lost a senior male black-footed ferret following a routine procedure Wednesday, April 6.... read more