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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
Sep. 10, 2013
Hellbenders, aquatic salamanders from the eastern United States, are surprisingly good at dealing with unpredictable weather.... read more
Sep. 09, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoological Park has been awarded a five-year accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.... read more
panda cub being held by gloved hand
Sep. 05, 2013
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics confirmed that the giant panda cub born Aug. 23 at the National Zoo is female.... read more
panda cub being examined
Sep. 04, 2013
WHAT: The Smithsonian's National Zoo will announce the sex and paternity of the read more
horse standing in field
Aug. 30, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the death of its 23-year-old Przewalski's horse, a male named Rolles, who was humanely euthanized this morning.... read more
Aug. 29, 2013
In the early morning hours, giant panda Mei Xiang gently placed her cub on the floor of her den. Vigilant panda cam observers were watching at 3:37 a.m.... read more
tall bird with long neck and beak
Aug. 29, 2013
Scientists have studied bird migration for centuries, but it remains one of nature's great mysteries. read more