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cub in the hand
Mar. 29, 2013
The clouded leopard cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Feb. 6, are healthy and growing.... read more
sloth bear cub upright
Mar. 26, 2013
Asia Trail Curator Tony Barthel and keeper staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have determined the sex of a 3-month-old sloth bear cub: it's a boy!... read more
tiny frog dwarfed by quarter
Mar. 22, 2013
The limosa harlequin frog (Atelopus limosus), an endangered species native to Panama, now has a new lease on life.... read more
elephant inside
Mar. 21, 2013
The commitment at the National Zoo to save Asian elephants from extinction and ensure a future for this endangered species spans more than 50 years.... read more
Mar. 19, 2013
Have You HERD? Media Open House at the National Zoo's New Elephant Community Center read more
Mar. 12, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of a 16-year-old female maned wolf named Diamantina, who died March 8. read more
Feb. 26, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Washingtonian magazine are asking kids for help in welcoming the Zoo's elephants to their new Elephant Community Center.... read more
black and white bear cub being examined
Feb. 20, 2013
The eight-week-old Andean bear cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's received a clean bill of health today from the Zoo veterinarians.... read more
Feb. 13, 2013
Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating? read more
Feb. 01, 2013
This Valentine's Day, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is offering valentines a unique way to show their love for their family and friends.... read more
Orangutan touching an ipad
Jan. 22, 2013
When great ape keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were deciding how to add more variety and enrichment to their animals' lives, they turned to Orangutan Outreach and a program that had seen... read more
Keeper with a kiwi
Jan. 15, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a global leader in brown kiwi conservation largely because of Animal Keeper Kathy Brader's efforts, and her devotion to this endangered species was honored recentl... read more
Jan. 14, 2013
As rapid economic expansion continues to shape the Asian landscape on which many species depend, time is running out for conservationists aiming to save wildlife such as tigers... read more
Jan. 02, 2013
If you have visited the Cheetah Conservation Station at the Smithsonian's National Zoo lately, you may have noticed new red river hog or sitatunga, and wondered: what are they?... read more
bear cubs in den
Dec. 13, 2012
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Andean bear cubs born overnight to 6-year-old Billie Jean. The first cub was born around 12:01 a.m. and the second at 2:02 a.m.... read more
Relocating Elephants Fails to Decrease Human?ÑÐWildlife Conflict
Dec. 10, 2012
Human—elephant conflict in Sri Lanka kills more than 70 humans and 200 Asian elephants every year. read more
ultrasound display
Dec. 07, 2012
As the world celebrated the pregnancy news from Buckingham Palace earlier in the week, staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo were making preparations for their own highly anticipated birth: Andea... read more
Nov. 26, 2012
The Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel—one of the only solar-powered carousels in the world—is now open at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Nov. 19, 2012
Veterinary staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo humanely euthanized a 19-year-old female Sumatran tiger, Soyono, this morning. read... read more