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Press Releases

Micronesian Kingfisher Chick Hatches: Total of 129 Birds in Existence
Jan. 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute rung in 2014 with the hatching of the most endangered species in its collection—a Micronesian kingfisher—Jan. 1.... read more
panda cub atop a rock
Jan. 15, 2014
Giant panda cub Bao Bao will step out from behind the panda cams and meet the public this weekend at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Mei Xiang, the Giant Panda, helps her cub Bao Bao climb up on some rocks inside their habitat
Dec. 18, 2013
After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting Jan. 18.... read more
Dec. 13, 2013
A Smithsonian safety investigator completed her investigation of an incident involving a male Grevy's zebra, Gumu, that seriously injured a zoo keeper Nov. 18.... read more
elephant with collar around neck
Dec. 06, 2013
Unlocking the mysteries of animal migration through precise, near real-time tracking can solve major conservation challenges and transform wildlife science worldwide.... read more
A newborn cheetah cub waves its paw
Dec. 04, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating International Cheetah Day with 10 genetically valuable cheetah cubs, which were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute last month.... read more
Dec. 02, 2013
Press conference announcing the Partners in the Sky partnership read more
panda cub face
Dec. 01, 2013
After 100 days and 123,039 votes the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo received her name—Bao Bao—today, Sunday, Dec. 1. read more
Nov. 26, 2013
Four Smithsonian scientists have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. read... read more
Nov. 25, 2013
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 1.1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.12:15 p.m. Media arrival and set-up read more
Nov. 18, 2013
At approximately 8:45 a.m., a Smithsonian's National Zoo animal care staff member was bitten multiple times by a 10-year-old male Grevy's zebra named Gumu.... read more
keeper holding tiger cub near water
Nov. 06, 2013
Two Sumatran tiger cubs took a brisk doggy paddle at the Smithsonian's National Zoo today and passed their swim reliability test.... read more
panda cub smiling
Nov. 05, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is asking for help to name its female giant panda cub. read more
Tiger cub resting
Nov. 04, 2013
WHAT:Two 13-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs, a male and female, will make their media debut and take a swim reliability test; their public debut is Nov. 18, weather permitting.... read more
panda cub being held
Oct. 23, 2013
The giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo has gained almost another pound since Friday, Oct. read more
Oct. 18, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of Sable, one of its elderly Aldabra tortoises, who died Oct. 7, and a female wrinkled hornbill, who died at the Bird House Oct. 18.... read more
panda cub on table facing forward
Oct. 17, 2013
The gates at the Smithsonian's National Zoo will open to the public Friday, Oct. 18 after the federal government shutdown. ... read more
Oct. 02, 2013
The Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 is cancelled. SCBI is closed due to the federal government shutdown.... read more
panda cub with black and white patterning coming in
Sep. 17, 2013
The giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 23 received her first veterinary exam late yesterday Sept. 16 and was given a clean bill of health.... read more