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May. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is mourning the loss of its elderly male Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), Rokan, today, while celebrating his contributions to conservation duri... read more
May. 27, 2010
Two rare white-naped crane chicks hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., May 12 and 14.... read more
May. 27, 2010
With test tubes filled with sparkling juice in hand, Smithsonian scientists and officials toast the new genetics lab, which the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute officially opened today... read more
May. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s geneticists are ironing their lab coats and revving up their DNA sequencers for the celebration of the group’s new state-of-the-art genetics lab... read more
May. 27, 2010
Last evening, the National Zoo’s lion cub died. Lion keepers had been closely observing the cub, a male, via camera since his birth Tuesday morning.... read more
May. 27, 2010
New England forests are at a turning point. For the first time in 200 years, forest cover—which peaked at 80 percent of the landscape in 2000—has begun to decline in every New England state.... read more
May. 27, 2010
Bati, an endangered Speke’s gazelle at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, turns 15 years old tomorrow, May 12. He was born at the St. ... read more
May. 27, 2010
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is seeking volunteers with an interest in animals and their conservation to assist with upcoming events, games, projects and keeper needs.... read more
May. 27, 2010
Don’t miss what has become a spring tradition and one of the premier culinary events in Washington, D.C.: ZooFari!... read more
May. 27, 2010
A scimitar-horned oryx has joined the ranks of endangered animals born this year at the National Zoo’s conservation center in Front Royal, Va., where scientists also recently confirmed the gender of... read more
May. 27, 2010
History was made March 30 in the Bird House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo when its first female brown kiwi chick (Apteryx mantelli) emerged from her shell.... read more
May. 27, 2010
The two Andean bear cubs, Tremarctos ornatus (also known as the spectacled bear), that were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in mid-January are getting ready for two big events: r... read more
May. 27, 2010
For the first time in more than 20 years, tiny lion paws are making a mark at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. read more
May. 27, 2010
One week and nearly 5,000 votes after the Smithsonian’s National Zoo opened the online polls to the public to name its male and female Andean bear cubs the Zoo has two winners: Chaska... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
A 24-hour pregnancy watch of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is slated to begin today at 4 p.m.... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Shade-grown, Bird Friendly coffee is now available in five museum locations at the Smithsonian. read more
Apr. 27, 2010
As a disease known as amphibian chytrid fungus continues to wipe out amphibian species worldwide, frogs in Panama are finding a safe haven in a seemingly unlikely spot—between the metal walls of... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Two weeks and 7,050 votes after the Smithsonian’s National Zoo opened the online polls to the public to name its new giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini), one choice has emerged... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Following a final ultrasound and hormone analysis, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo confirmed late yesterday (Tuesday, April 27) that female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is not preg... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo detected a secondary rise in urinary progestagen levels in the Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) March 30.... read more