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Woman with long hair
Jul. 01, 2015
The Board of Directors of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is pleased to announce that Lynn Mento has been named Executive Director. ... read more
two leopard cubs sleeping
Jun. 15, 2015
For only the second time, a litter of clouded leopard cubs has been born as the result of an artificial insemination. read more...
shrike chick perched on twig
Jun. 11, 2015
Ten loggerhead shrikes hatched last month at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.... read more
Jun. 10, 2015
For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Migratory Bird Center have tracked small migratory ovenbirds (Seiurus aurocapilla) to their tropical wintering... read more
tiny tortoise in the palm of a hand
May. 22, 2015
Tomorrow is World Turtle day. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating a conservation milestone; for the first time, a rare spider tortoise has hatched in the Reptile Discovery Center.... read more
May. 14, 2015
WHAT:Free public symposium celebrates the late Dr. Theodore Reed, his vision and lasting legacy for the modern zoo.... read more
bear in forest
May. 08, 2015
For the first time, a team from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability collected photo evidence of an Andean bear (also known as... read more
May. 06, 2015
By using DNA extracted from sloth bear scat, a team of Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) researchers found that forest corridors between protected areas in the... read more
May. 04, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two fun and educational events in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.... read more
Apr. 29, 2015
A free-standing kiosk at the Smithsonian's National Zoo enables visitors to gain a better understanding of the impact of wildlife trafficking.... read more
Apr. 29, 2015
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) have generated mature sperm from frozen testicular tissue for the first time.... read more
Apr. 27, 2015
After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conserva... read more
Apr. 21, 2015
Caitlin Burrell, research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, returned from China last night April 20, with frozen giant panda semen that had been stored at the Bifengxia G... read more
Apr. 21, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is mourning the loss of a 12-year-old female maned wolf named Salina, who died April 18.... read more
gorilla on swing
Apr. 09, 2015
Calaya, a western lowland gorilla, is now on exhibit at the National Zoo. Keepers describe the 12-year-old female as confident and socially-savvy.... read more
blotchy frog with enlarged toe pads
Apr. 08, 2015
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists working together as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project (PAR... read more
bear cub standing
Mar. 26, 2015
The National Zoo's rambunctious and charismatic 19-week-old Andean bear cubs have names. read more
Mar. 25, 2015
Brandie Smith has been named associate director of Animal Care Sciences at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective immediately.... read more
mother bear and cub on rocks
Mar. 24, 2015
WHAT:Two male Andean bear cubs will receive their names and make their media debut; the public debut is Saturday, March 28  ... read more
golden frog in water
Mar. 18, 2015
A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society by scientists at the Smithsonian Cons... read more