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VISITORS: Despite the government shutdown, the Zoo remains OPEN Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23.
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Press Releases

Dec. 16, 2015
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized an elderly male scimitar-horned oryx named Dr. Bob Dec. 14.... read more
women holding dogs
Dec. 09, 2015
After decades of attempts, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists and researchers at Cornell University have become the first to successfully use in vitro fertilization (IVF)... read more
Dec. 01, 2015
Twenty-five Instagrammers will be some of the first people to see giant panda cub Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) Dec. 19 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Beginning today, Dec.... read more
Photo of a clouded leopard.
Nov. 25, 2015
During a routine medical exam yesterday, Nov. 24, veterinarians at the Smithsonian's National Zoo discovered that their male clouded leopard had life-threatening tumors.... read more
Nov. 24, 2015
We are sad to announce the loss of three elderly small mammals, who died yesterday, Nov. 23. read more
Nov. 19, 2015
Giant pandas, which have been icons and ambassadors for the efforts to save the species in Washington, D.C., since 1972, will continue to live at the Smithsonian's National Zoo through the end of 2... read more
Giant Panda Cub Bei Bei Will Make His Public Debut Jan. 16
Nov. 17, 2015
Giant panda cub Bei Bei (BAY-BAY) will go on public exhibit for the first time Jan. 16, 2016. read more
Nov. 03, 2015
A 19-year-old female North Island brown kiwi named Nessus died Oct. 30 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Per standard procedure, a necropsy (animal autopsy) was performed the same day.... read more
Oct. 26, 2015
Sadly, both of the geriatric maned wolves at the Cheetah Conservation Station recently died. read more
small monkey and sloth
Oct. 26, 2015
The National Zoo is sad to announce the death of 7-year-old golden lion tamarin Pepe, who died overnight at the Vet Hospital. A final pathology report will provide more information.... read more
cubs with mom
Oct. 23, 2015
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed three chirping cheetah cubs Friday, Oct. 16. The cubs are genetically very important for the population of cheetahs in human care.... read more
Oct. 13, 2015
For the first time ever, zoos will have access to the most comprehensive information about female African lion reproduction as the result of an eight-year study from the Smithsonian Conservation Bi... read more
A female Eld's Deer nuzzles her fawn
Oct. 07, 2015
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. is celebrating the birth of two male Eld's deer, an endangered species native to Myannmar.... read more
Sep. 30, 2015
This weekend, Oct. 3 and 4, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va., will open to the public for its annual Autumn Conservation Festival.... read more
Sep. 30, 2015
Silver Spring, Maryland (September 28, 2015) - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute received... read more
Sep. 28, 2015
On September 17, an 4-year-old female Eld's deer was spooked during a semiannual fire safety check on the sprinkler system at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.... read more
First ladies of China and the US with two small children
Sep. 25, 2015
This morning, Sept. 25, the giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. read... read more
perky cub on exam table
Sep. 22, 2015
Keepers had an opportunity to weigh the 4.5 week-old giant panda cub yesterday, Sept. 21, when Mei Xiang left her den to eat. ... read more