Visitors Arriving Via Metro: Due to track maintenance, the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park metro stations (those closest to the Zoo) will be closed for the remaining Saturdays and Sundays in May. A FREE shuttle bus will operate between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations, making intermediate stops in front of the Zoo and at the closed stations. Find more information about getting to the Zoo on the Parking and Directions page.
Veterinary and pathology experts from the Smithsonian Institution, University of Illinois and the Wildlife Conservation Society will conduct a five-day training workshop for pathologists in Vietnam,... read more
The black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct in the wild, was rediscovered in 1981 with a small population of 24 animals in Wyoming―30 years later the species’ future is brighter than eve... read more
On August 18, PLoS ONE published a significant paper about elephant cognition in which the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s now 9-year-old elephant, Kandula, showed unparalleled problem-solving skill... read more
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have discovered why older female cheetahs are rarely able to reproduce—and hope to use this information to introduce vital new genes... read more
The National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporidia of Terrestrial Vertebrates will hold a three-day meeting starting this Friday, August 5 to address vario... read more
Two red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and two additional cubs were born at the Zoo’s facility in Front Royal, Va., bringing the total to four in 201... read more