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rail and chick
Mar. 15, 2012
As Washington, D.C's unseasonably warm winter turns into spring, a baby boom is underway at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read press... read press release
small brown kiwi
Feb. 23, 2012
The third female brown kiwi that hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Dec. 11 has a new moniker: Omana (pronounced oh-MAH-nah).... read press release
Feb. 21, 2012
It's easy to feel small in the face of large environmental problems like oil spills or air and water pollution, but kids can make a big difference. How? By entering Project Blue Planet, a nationwide... read press release
Photo of a maned wolf pup.
Feb. 17, 2012
The four maned wolf pups born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., received their first vaccinations Thursday during a routine medical exam.... read press release
small monkey with prominent tufts on its ears
Feb. 14, 2012
Childhood obesity is a serious concern, with more than 18 percent of American 4-year-olds considered obese. read press... read press release
tortoise eating heart-shaped food
Feb. 10, 2012
Where is the love this Valentine's Day? At the Smithsonian's National Zoo! read press release
spiny critters
Feb. 09, 2012
Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Saturday, Feb. 11. read press release
Women in laboratory
Feb. 08, 2012
Roche and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, DC announced today a collaboration agreement to use Roche's GS Junior benchtop sequencing system for research in SCBI's Cente... read press release
ferret whispering in another ferret's ear
Feb. 01, 2012
Experts at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have proof that romance is not only for the warm and fuzzy; friskiness is a trait all animals share-be they furry, feathered or finned.... read press release
four dark pups resting on straw
Jan. 31, 2012
Although 2012 has only just begun, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., already has something to celebrate in the new year: the birth of four mane... read press release
Jan. 30, 2012
A fundamental change in the conservation strategy to save wild tigers may save them from extinction. read... read press release
naked mole rats and valentine
Jan. 17, 2012
Wooing is an art form whether you're human or animal. Take a walk on the wild side and learn about romance in the animal kingdom at Woo at the Zoo on Feb. 11, at the National Zoo.... read press release
lion cubs by water
Jan. 09, 2012
A big change is in the wind this winter for the lions at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
The survival of wild tigers hinges on the ability of tiger-range countries and their partners in conservation to stop the biggest threat to tigers: poaching.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
Although giant Pacific octopuses are masters of disguise, the new octopus at the National Zoo revealed its true identity Saturday when a keeper helped it select its name: Pandora.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
David M. Rubenstein donated $4.5 million to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to fund the giant panda program for the next five years.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park will announce a generous gift that funds the giant panda program for five years.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
A member of one of the world's most endangered species—the brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli)—hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House Dec. 11 at 10:25 a.m. The egg was laid Oct.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
The spotlight of ZooLights fell on the Kids' Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, Sunday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2011
Springtime in Australia means balmier weather, but the Great Barrier Reef's future may depend on subzero temperatures.... read press release