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Feb. 28, 2014
On March 2, 1889, President Grover Cleveland signed a bill passed by both Houses that officially established the National Zoo and allocated funds for the purchase of land.... read more
pink octopus with outstretched arms
Feb. 12, 2014
Pandora, the female giant Pacific octopus at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, died yesterday. Animal care staff estimate that Pandora was about 5 years old.... read more
gray seal pup on ground
Jan. 31, 2014
Animal keepers at the National Zoo have been hand feeding a female gray seal pup, born Jan. 21 at 10:21 p.m., in the holding area of the seal exhibit on American Trail.... read more
snowy owl being examined
Jan. 30, 2014
The snowy owl that has been spotted recently in the Washington D.C. read more
cheetah closeup
Jan. 29, 2014
The National Zoo is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old adult male cheetah, Draco, who was humanely euthanized earlier this morning. A final pathology report will provide more information.... read more
Jan. 28, 2014
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) announced that John Ring, a partner with the law firm Morgan Lewis, has been elected to serve as President of the FONZ Board of Directors.... read more
lion with newborn cubs
Jan. 27, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's Great Cats team celebrated the arrival of its first litter of African lion cubs in four years. On Jan. ... read more
Micronesian Kingfisher Chick Hatches: Total of 129 Birds in Existence
Jan. 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute rung in 2014 with the hatching of the most endangered species in its collection—a Micronesian kingfisher—Jan. 1.... read more
panda cub atop a rock
Jan. 15, 2014
Giant panda cub Bao Bao will step out from behind the panda cams and meet the public this weekend at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
Mei Xiang, the Giant Panda, helps her cub Bao Bao climb up on some rocks inside their habitat
Dec. 18, 2013
After four months of watching her grow on the panda cams, visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will be able to visit Bao Bao starting Jan. 18.... read more
Dec. 13, 2013
A Smithsonian safety investigator completed her investigation of an incident involving a male Grevy's zebra, Gumu, that seriously injured a zoo keeper Nov. 18.... read more
elephant with collar around neck
Dec. 06, 2013
Unlocking the mysteries of animal migration through precise, near real-time tracking can solve major conservation challenges and transform wildlife science worldwide.... read more
A newborn cheetah cub waves its paw
Dec. 04, 2013
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating International Cheetah Day with 10 genetically valuable cheetah cubs, which were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute last month.... read more
Dec. 02, 2013
Press conference announcing the Partners in the Sky partnership read more
panda cub face
Dec. 01, 2013
After 100 days and 123,039 votes the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo received her name—Bao Bao—today, Sunday, Dec. 1. read more
Nov. 26, 2013
Four Smithsonian scientists have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. read... read more
Nov. 25, 2013
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 1.1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.12:15 p.m. Media arrival and set-up read more
Nov. 18, 2013
At approximately 8:45 a.m., a Smithsonian's National Zoo animal care staff member was bitten multiple times by a 10-year-old male Grevy's zebra named Gumu.... read more
keeper holding tiger cub near water
Nov. 06, 2013
Two Sumatran tiger cubs took a brisk doggy paddle at the Smithsonian's National Zoo today and passed their swim reliability test.... read more