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Press Releases

Nov. 27, 2009
This winter, Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) will present Wild Side Stage, a new performance series for children. Families are invited for shows by acclaimed, award-winning musicians, dancers,... read press release
Nov. 27, 2009
Two adult arapaima fish have died in the Amazonia exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The first fish died Thursday, November 19, and a second fish was found dead Friday, November 27.... read press release
Nov. 27, 2009
Most countries throughout the world participate in the $40-million-per-year culinary trade of frog legs in some way, with 75 percent of frog legs consumed in France, Belgium, and the United State... read press release
Nov. 27, 2009
A wild white-tailed deer jumped into a lion exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8. read press release
Nov. 27, 2009
Just in time for mailing holiday greeting cards, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo launches a series of customized conservation stamps featuring seven Zoo animals: the giant panda, Asian elephant,... read press release
Nov. 27, 2009
Merlin, the National Zoo’s senior male sloth bear, died this morning after a 48-hour illness. On Monday morning, Nov. 2, he underwent a routine physical examination.... read press release
Oct. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has experienced the deaths of two scimitar-horned oryx, a female at the Rock Creek campus and a male at the Conservation and Research Center (CRC)... read press release
Oct. 27, 2009
At an event held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the U.S.... read press release
Oct. 27, 2009
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) invites pre-kindergarten through high school teachers/educators from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia) t... read press release
Sep. 27, 2009
“Happy,” the National Zoo’s 28-year-old Nile hippopotamus, was transported early yesterday morning to his new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin.... read press release
Sep. 27, 2009
“Happy,” the National Zoo’s 28-year-old Nile hippopotamus, was transported early yesterday morning to his new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin.... read press release
Aug. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks Aug. 2—the first hatching of this species at the Zoo in 30 years.... read press release
Jul. 27, 2009
It was an exciting and busy 24 hours at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Va., last week as three births took place just hours apart.... read press release
Jun. 27, 2009
Veterinarians and animal care staff conducted a series of artificial insemination procedures this week on Shanthi, one of the Asian elephants at Smithsonian’s National Zoo.... read press release
Jun. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian Institution and the World Bank Group today announced a new program under the Global Tiger Initiative to help stabilize and restore wild tiger populations and save this endangered... read press release
Jun. 27, 2009
A rare white-naped crane has hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. on May 23.... read press release
May. 27, 2009
Staff at Smithsonian’s National Zoo confirmed late yesterday that female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is not pregnant but was experiencing a pseudo, or false, pregnancy during the past sev... read press release
May. 27, 2009
Eleven stingrays and two arowanas (fish) were found dead in their pool at the National Zoo’s Amazonia exhibit Monday, May 25, shortly after 7 a.m.... read press release
May. 27, 2009
Eight institutions announced today their joint venture to save amphibians from the brink of extinction in the eastern region of Panama—an area rich with diverse amphibian species.... read press release
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