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National Zoo Gorillas are the First to Participate in Heart Disease Study
Mar. 29, 2012
The same device used to detect early warning signs of heart disease in humans will now benefit two male sub-adult gorillas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Mar. 22, 2012
Part of the mission of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., is to provide exciting and enriching experiences for approximately 2 million annual local, national and... read more
oryx walking
Mar. 22, 2012
The National Zoo's 21-year-old female scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah), Liberty, was euthanized this morning. read more
On St. Patrick's Day
Mar. 16, 2012
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, animals--and their keepers--at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station got into the holiday spirit.... read more
small burgers
Mar. 15, 2012
Tickets are now on sale for ZooFari—D.C.'s foodie event of the year that drives diners wild. read more
rail and chick
Mar. 15, 2012
As Washington, D.C's unseasonably warm winter turns into spring, a baby boom is underway at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read more...
small brown kiwi
Feb. 23, 2012
The third female brown kiwi that hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Dec. 11 has a new moniker: Omana (pronounced oh-MAH-nah).... read more
Feb. 21, 2012
It's easy to feel small in the face of large environmental problems like oil spills or air and water pollution, but kids can make a big difference. How? By entering Project Blue Planet, a nationwide... read more
Photo of a maned wolf pup.
Feb. 17, 2012
The four maned wolf pups born Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., received their first vaccinations Thursday during a routine medical exam.... read more
small monkey with prominent tufts on its ears
Feb. 14, 2012
Childhood obesity is a serious concern, with more than 18 percent of American 4-year-olds considered obese. read more...
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