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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
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
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
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
Apr. 15, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is sad to report that Maude, a geriatric grey-cheeked mangabey, was humanely euthanized April 14. read more
panda lying on back in grass
Mar. 31, 2014
Seven-month-old Bao Bao will have access to her mother Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) larger yard this week beginning each day around 8 a.m., weather depending. Bao Bao will be given the option to explore... read more
sloth bear cub
Mar. 20, 2014
The decision for keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo to hand-raise a female sloth bear cub instead of leaving her with her mother Khali likely saved her life.... read more
Mar. 18, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's 32-year-old female Przewalski's (Shah-VAL-skee) horse, Misha, was humanely euthanized March 12.... read more
Dama Gazelles Born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Mar. 11, 2014
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. are celebrating the birth of three male Dama gazelles. The calves were born Feb. 18, Feb. 20 and Feb. 25.... read more
black and white photo of cubs in enclosure
Mar. 04, 2014
March came in like a lion—four lions, to be exact—9-year-old African lion Shera gave birth to a litter at the Great Cats exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.... read more
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