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Mar. 27, 2010
One of the world’s most endangered species—a brown kiwi Apteryx mantelli—hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Bird House, early Tuesday morning, March 30.... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
It is a natural explorer in the wild and seems to have an impressive memory. It has eight arms, no spine and its very own Web cam.... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s rare male clouded leopards Ta Moon (“mischievous child”) and Sa Ming (“brave warrior”) are one year old today!... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
The ensemble of animal noises at the National Zoo will hopefully include the tiny roar of lion cubs this spring. read... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
Organized by Friends of the National Zoo, the Science Fair is part of the Zoo’s ongoing commitment to education. read more
Mar. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo will continue a Washington tradition that spans more than 100 years by hosting “Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition”... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
At a mere three pounds, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s new giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) doesn’t appear to have earned its name.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
Understanding how to save an animal species from dying out may depend, in part, on understanding the many unique processes that lead to birth.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
On February 22, Kigali—the National Zoo’s 15-year-old female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)—successfully underwent dental surgery for a fractured tooth.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
A clouded leopard at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s campus in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs on Valentine’s Day—Sunday, Feb. 14.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
Love is in the air at the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo this Valentine’s Day weekend. read more
Feb. 27, 2010
Tai Shan, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo's beloved 4 ½-year-old giant panda, has arrived safely to his new home at Wolong’s Bifengxia Base in Ya’an, Sichuan.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
Tai Shan (tie-SHON), one of the National Zoo’s giant pandas, officially began his journey to China early this morning, leaving the Zoo at 9:04 a.m.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
Last November, the National Zoo accepted 40 endangered Virginia big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii virginianus) to establish a security population and scientifically develop husband... read more
Jan. 27, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.... January 28, 2010—FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. read more
Jan. 27, 2010
Tai Shan (tie-SHON), the National Zoo’s giant panda, will depart for China on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 4. Details will be provided at this press briefing Thursday, Jan.... read more
Jan. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian has established a Conservation Biology Institute to serve as an umbrella for its global effort to conserve species and train future generations of conservationists.... read more
Jan. 27, 2010
As the number of Asian and African elephants in the wild continues to dwindle, a key to bolstering their survival could be contained within their DNA, according to researchers at the Smithsonian’... read more
Jan. 27, 2010
The National Zoo lost its senior female lion, Lusaka, last evening. A final pathology report will provide more information, but her health had been in decline for several months.... read more