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panda cub with black and white patterning coming in
Sep. 17, 2013
The giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Aug. 23 received her first veterinary exam late yesterday Sept. 16 and was given a clean bill of health.... read more
Sep. 10, 2013
Hellbenders, aquatic salamanders from the eastern United States, are surprisingly good at dealing with unpredictable weather.... read more
Sep. 09, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoological Park has been awarded a five-year accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.... read more
panda cub being held by gloved hand
Sep. 05, 2013
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics confirmed that the giant panda cub born Aug. 23 at the National Zoo is female.... read more
panda cub being examined
Sep. 04, 2013
WHAT: The Smithsonian's National Zoo will announce the sex and paternity of the read more
horse standing in field
Aug. 30, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the death of its 23-year-old Przewalski's horse, a male named Rolles, who was humanely euthanized this morning.... read more
Aug. 29, 2013
In the early morning hours, giant panda Mei Xiang gently placed her cub on the floor of her den. Vigilant panda cam observers were watching at 3:37 a.m.... read more
tall bird with long neck and beak
Aug. 29, 2013
Scientists have studied bird migration for centuries, but it remains one of nature's great mysteries. read more
Aug. 27, 2013
This morning, the panda team attempted to get the cub for a second veterinary exam. read more
closeup of tiger cub head
Aug. 26, 2013
As kids around the area geared up for the first day of school today, the three-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo received their first veterinary exam—and they passed wi... read more
panda cub getting checkup
Aug. 25, 2013
This morning, the panda team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo performed the first neonatal exam (8:56 a.m.) on the giant panda cub born Friday, Aug. 23.... read more
panda with tiny newborn cub
Aug. 23, 2013
Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to a cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo 5:32 p.m. read more
elephant herd
Aug. 20, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo will welcome three female Asian elephants –Kamala, Swarna and Maharani– next spring, expanding the Zoo's existing herd to seven.... read more
closeup of three elephant heads
Aug. 20, 2013
Calgary, AB – After an extensive international search and in-depth review of available accredited facilities, Calgary Zoo officials today announced that plans have been finalized for its three fema... read more
cubs with mom resting
Aug. 08, 2013
The Great Cats team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating a conservation victory. The Zoo's female Sumatran tiger, Damai, gave birth to two cubs Monday, Aug. 5.... read more
foal resting
Aug. 01, 2013
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are celebrating the birth of a female Przewalski's (Cha-VAL-skee) horse—the first to be born via artificial insemination.... read more
tiger on trail
Jul. 31, 2013
As economic expansion and development fragments the forest landscape of central India, the species that rely on that habitat—including endangered tigers and leopards—face dwindling populations and... read more
Jul. 26, 2013
Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo confirmed a secondary rise in urinary progesterone in its female giant panda Mei Xiang. ... read more
panda in grass
Jul. 22, 2013
Fans of the giant pandas at the Smithsonian's National Zoo can once again access the panda cams, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.... read more
Jul. 19, 2013
The National Zoo's senior female cheetah, Tumai, died overnight. read more