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VISITORS: Despite the government shutdown, the Zoo remains OPEN Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23.
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Press Releases

Aug. 27, 2011
The vibrations from yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake were keenly felt at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park; all animals, staff and visitors were safe and no injuries were reported.... read more
Aug. 27, 2011
On August 18, PLoS ONE published a significant paper about elephant cognition in which the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s now 9-year-old elephant, Kandula, showed unparalleled problem-solving skill... read more
Aug. 27, 2011
A genetic study focusing on the Central American river turtle (Dermatemys mawii) recently turned up surprising results for scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute an... read more
Aug. 27, 2011
Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have discovered why older female cheetahs are rarely able to reproduce—and hope to use this information to introduce vital new genes... read more
Aug. 27, 2011
The National Science Foundation-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporidia of Terrestrial Vertebrates will hold a three-day meeting starting this Friday, August 5 to address vario... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
Two red panda (Ailurus fulgens) cubs born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on June 17 received a clean bill of health during their first veterinary exam yesterday.... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
The warm weather that heralds the onset of summer brought with it a baby boom at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginiaa.... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
Two red panda cubs were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and two additional cubs were born at the Zoo’s facility in Front Royal, Va., bringing the total to four in 201... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
Birds use their bills largely to forage and eat, and these behaviors strongly influence the shape and size of a bird’s bill.... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
A generous $1.4 million gift from State Farm Insurance to the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park guarantees that the Kids’ Farm exhibit will remain open for the next five years.... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
Lesli A. Creedon has been named chief advancement officer at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., effective July 18.... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
The five cheetah cubs born May 28 at the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., are healthy and thriving, veterinarians reported after the cubs’ first exam... read more
Jul. 27, 2011
Summer has arrived and there are lots of changes, new residents and new opportunities at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo: read more
Jul. 27, 2011
After an 88-year-long hiatus North America’s tallest bird, the statuesque whooping crane (Grus americana), is once again on exhibit at the Bird House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoolog... read more
Jun. 27, 2011
Scientists and educators from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University are donning their hard hats and dusting off their shovels to break ground June 29 on a gr... read more
Jun. 27, 2011
On June 15, history was made at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Bird House when its 50th kori bustard chick (Ardeotis kori) emerged from its shell.... read more
Jun. 27, 2011
For the first time since five cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., on May 28, 2011, animal care staff had a few brief moments to weigh an... read more
Jun. 27, 2011
Smithsonian scientists have confirmed that chytridiomycosis, a rapidly spreading amphibian disease, has reached a site near Panama's Darien region.... read more
Jun. 27, 2011
Five cheetah cubs were born May 28 to 6-year-old Amani at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va.... read more
May. 27, 2011
The predictability and scale of seasonal changes in a habitat help determine the distance migratory species move and whether the animals always travel together to the same place or independently... read more