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Child on bee at Me and The Bee playground
Sep. 19, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing over a new pollinator-themed playground: Me and the Bee, sponsored by Land O’Lakes Inc. Adjacent to the Kids’ Farm and Conservation Pavilion, Me and the Bee... read press release
A professional head shot of Steven Monfort, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
Sep. 19, 2018
Steven Monfort has been named the John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, effective Sept. 17.... read press release
The Good of The Hive artist Matthew Willey
Sep. 17, 2018
The façade of the Great Ape House is getting a “bee-autiful” makeover. Beginning Sept. 17, artist Matthew Willey will put paint to the popular primate exhibit, creating a larger-than-life swarm of... read press release
A zookeeper holds a newborn dama gazelle calf at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Sep. 13, 2018
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers are celebrating the birth of a critically endangered Dama gazelle. read press release
Students posing wearing protective clothing wildlife scientists studying zoonotic diseases wear in the field.
Sep. 06, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, will host a day of science-filled activities for college and high school-aged students Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m... read press release
A Laysan albatross wearing a GPS device.
Sep. 03, 2018
Nearly 50 percent of the planet is covered by the high seas, referred to as the “Wild West” of the ocean and among the least protected areas in the world. In September, the United Nations will... read press release
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 27, 2018
A new naked mole-rat exhibit featuring a colony of 17 of the “nude” rodents at the Small Mammal House will open Sept 1.  read press... read press release
Giant panda Bei Bei eats a piece of bamboo from a decorative ice cake he received for his third birthday.
Aug. 22, 2018
Giant panda Bei Bei celebrated his third birthday Aug. 22 with a special ice cake. read press release
Indigo bunting chicks hatch for the first time in a North American zoo.
Aug. 15, 2018
Bird House keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the hatching of two indigo bunting chicks—a first for the Zoo and the North American population in human care.... read press release
A Przewalski's horse colt.
Aug. 14, 2018
A public vote decided the names of three endangered Przewalski’s (sha-VAL-ski) horse colts at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia.... read press release
Aldabra Tortoise eating grass.
Aug. 10, 2018
Reptile Discovery Center staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Alex, an elderly male Aldabra tortoise who was humanely euthanized Aug. 7. At the time of his death, animal... read press release
Emu Darwin
Aug. 08, 2018
Bird House staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Darwin, an elderly male emu who was humanely euthanized Aug. 3. ... read press release
A male lion with large paws, a long tail and a thick mane plays with a large boomer ball in an outdoor exhibit
Aug. 07, 2018
Check out the events at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Aug. 25 through Oct. 6, 2018. ... read press release
Four Przewalski's horse foals at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Aug. 06, 2018
Four endangered Przewalski’s (sha-VAL-ski) horse foals were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute between March and June. SCBI is asking the public to help name the three colts.... read press release
Cheetah cubs in their yard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Jul. 20, 2018
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed a litter of seven chirping cheetah cubs July 9. The cubs appear to be healthy and doing well.... read press release
Jul. 18, 2018
The safety and security of the visitors, staff and animals are the No. 1 priority at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The Zoo will host a public meeting on Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.... read press release
Oryx calf born via artificial insemination July 2018.
Jul. 10, 2018
A scimitar-horned oryx calf was born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, June 30. The calf was conceived by artificial insemination with sperm that was... read press release
Rose Marie, a Przewalski's horse at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Jul. 06, 2018
Rose Marie, a 31-year-old Przewalski’s horse at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, was humanely euthanized July 6, due to her declining health and quality of life. She was one of the oldest Przewalski’s... read press release
Mei Xiang
Jul. 05, 2018
A team of reproductive scientists, veterinarians and animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute have determined that giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will... read press release
A herd of wildebeests stands in tall grass
Jul. 05, 2018
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists have provided the first experimental evidence that male western white-bearded wildebeests’ rutting vocalizations are a key driver of the tightly... read press release