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red panda standing
Aug. 18, 2014
A female red panda, Shama, was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Saturday, Aug. 16.... read more
Jul. 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced July 23 the launch of the Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Pro... read more
Jul. 17, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo humanely euthanized its last Sulawesi macaque, a 27-year-old male named Spock, this morning. The median lifespan for this species is about 18 years.... read more
cubs
Jul. 02, 2014
All four red panda pairs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., successfully bred and had cubs this year. read... read more
Public Debut of Asian Elephants Maharani
Jun. 23, 2014
The National Zoo's three new female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23) — made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the fir... read more
Jun. 19, 2014
Thank you for expressing your appreciation for the National Zoo's Invertebrate Exhibit and your concern about its closing. read more
Jun. 19, 2014
WHAT: The National Zoo's new three female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23)—will be out of quarantine and will have their public debut outside for the firs... read more
building
Jun. 16, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit, home to dozens of small aquatic and terrestrial species without backbones, will close to the public Sunday, June 22.... read more
lion cubs frolicking
Jun. 13, 2014
The four youngest members of the African lion pride at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are making their public debut today at noon at the Great Cats Exhibit.... read more
exhibit
Jun. 12, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute celebrated several births recently. read... read more
three elephants
May. 23, 2014
Asian elephants Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23) arrived safely at the Smithsonian's National Zoo at 10:55 a.m.... read more
A group of elephants
May. 23, 2014
When did the elephants leave the Calgary Zoo? Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 2:30p.m.   How do you move an elephant? read more
May. 12, 2014
As part of the Worldwide InstaMeet and the National Zoo's ongoing 125th anniversary celebration, the Zoo invites Instagrammers from across the Washington, D.C., region to... read more
Portugal. The Man Performs the #EndangeredSong Sumatran Tiger at the National Zoo
May. 12, 2014
The #EndangeredSong campaign continued this evening at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a free stripped-down concert by Portugal. The Man.... read more
lion cub trying to get out of water
May. 06, 2014
Four African lion cubs took a brisk paddle at the Smithsonian's National Zoo today and passed their swim reliability test. The cubs--three males and one female--were born at the Zoo March 2.... read more
band in auditorium
May. 06, 2014
WHAT: Portgual. The Man will perform a free stripped down concert at the Smithsonian's National Zoo as part of the #EndangeredSong campaign. ... read more
May. 02, 2014
WHAT:Four 9-week-old African lion cubs will take a swim reliability test (weather permitting) prior to their public debut in June.... read more
Apr. 29, 2014
A six-year-old male brown kiwi named Koa died during the weekend at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. read more
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National Zoo Launches Endangered Song Project
Apr. 22, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National Zoo announced today, Earth Day, the launch of the Endangered Song Project, an analog-meets-digital awareness campaign that calls upon 400... read more
Apr. 17, 2014
The sloth bear cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Dec. 29 has been named Remi by the people who know her best--her keepers. read... read more