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Press Releases

Jul. 27, 2010
The National Zoo euthanized the 15-year-old Speke’s gazelle named Bati today after animal care staff determined his health had declined significantly due to his advanced age.... read more
Jul. 27, 2010
WhatOpening of the National Zoo’s Japanese giant salamander breeding facilityWhenThursday, July 2210:30 a.m.... read more
Jun. 27, 2010
Visits to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo just became a little bit sweeter with the arrival of a new honeybee colony.... read more
Jun. 27, 2010
Visitors can celebrate the beauty of gardens at the National Zoo’s first Family Garden Day Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.... read more
Jun. 27, 2010
Standing an impressive 12 feet tall with vibrant yellow flowers at its tip, the agave plant is in bloom at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. ... read more
Jun. 27, 2010
It was love at first sight for Shama and Tate, the red pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and now, nearly 1½ years after they were introduced, the pair has a cub as evidence of their stro... read more
Jun. 27, 2010
One, possibly two, red-billed hornbill chicks hatched in early May at the National Zoo’s Bird House. This is the first red-billed hornbill hatching at the Zoo since 1994.... read more
Jun. 27, 2010
The newest sloth bear (Melursus ursinus)at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is not so new at all—born at the Zoo, his debut on Asia Trail marks his homecoming after seven years.... read more
May. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is mourning the loss of its elderly male Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), Rokan, today, while celebrating his contributions to conservation duri... read more
May. 27, 2010
Two rare white-naped crane chicks hatched at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., May 12 and 14.... read more
May. 27, 2010
With test tubes filled with sparkling juice in hand, Smithsonian scientists and officials toast the new genetics lab, which the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute officially opened today... read more
May. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s geneticists are ironing their lab coats and revving up their DNA sequencers for the celebration of the group’s new state-of-the-art genetics lab... read more
May. 27, 2010
Last evening, the National Zoo’s lion cub died. Lion keepers had been closely observing the cub, a male, via camera since his birth Tuesday morning.... read more
May. 27, 2010
New England forests are at a turning point. For the first time in 200 years, forest cover—which peaked at 80 percent of the landscape in 2000—has begun to decline in every New England state.... read more
May. 27, 2010
Bati, an endangered Speke’s gazelle at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, turns 15 years old tomorrow, May 12. He was born at the St. ... read more
May. 27, 2010
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is seeking volunteers with an interest in animals and their conservation to assist with upcoming events, games, projects and keeper needs.... read more
May. 27, 2010
Don’t miss what has become a spring tradition and one of the premier culinary events in Washington, D.C.: ZooFari!... read more
May. 27, 2010
A scimitar-horned oryx has joined the ranks of endangered animals born this year at the National Zoo’s conservation center in Front Royal, Va., where scientists also recently confirmed the gender of... read more
May. 27, 2010
History was made March 30 in the Bird House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo when its first female brown kiwi chick (Apteryx mantelli) emerged from her shell.... read more
May. 27, 2010
The two Andean bear cubs, Tremarctos ornatus (also known as the spectacled bear), that were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in mid-January are getting ready for two big events: r... read more