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tortoise eating heart-shaped food
Feb. 10, 2012
Where is the love this Valentine's Day? At the Smithsonian's National Zoo! read more
spiny critters
Feb. 09, 2012
Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Saturday, Feb. 11. read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Jan. 30, 2012
A fundamental change in the conservation strategy to save wild tigers may save them from extinction. read... read more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
Dec. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park will announce a generous gift that funds the giant panda program for five years.... read more
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 more
Dec. 27, 2011
The spotlight of ZooLights fell on the Kids' Farm, sponsored by State Farm®, Sunday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
Springtime in Australia means balmier weather, but the Great Barrier Reef's future may depend on subzero temperatures.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
The International Elephant Foundation (IEF) is thrilled to announce another major grant to help fund the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory (NEHL) at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Dec. 27, 2011
Sans berets, smocks or palettes, the animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are getting their paws dirty with non-toxic, water-based paint and creating one-of-a-kind works of art.... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
The newest member of the charismatic cephalopod community at the Smithsonian's National Zoo may only be the size of a grapefruit now, but he (or she) has some long arms to grow. On Nov.... read more
Nov. 27, 2011
Nearly 20 years after the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute became the first to produce an Eld's deer fawn through artificial insemination, SCBI scientists have now contributed to the birt... read more