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Mar. 27, 2011
On the heels of spring’s arrival, a wattled crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) chick hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo March 20, the third of its kind in the park’s history.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
There is no doubt that Smithsonian curators are experts in their field. But how much do people know about the great work they do?... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park euthanized a female 44-year-old western lowland gorilla, Haloko, today because her declining health compromised her quality of life.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
Beginning today, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park is soliciting help to name its newest anteater—a male born this past winter.... read more
Mar. 27, 2011
For more than three decades Dr. JoGayle Howard dedicated her life and work to reproducing endangered species. read more
Mar. 27, 2011
There comes a time in life for every bird to spread its wings and leave the nest, but for gray catbirds, that might be the beginning of the end.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoo’s giant panda mating season began early for the third consecutive year with female Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and male Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) attempting to mate Jan. 29.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
Researching animals in the wild can be challenging, especially if it involves a rare or elusive species like the giant panda or the clouded leopard.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoo has welcomed a new addition to Asia Trail. Lek, a 1-year-old male fishing cat from the Cincinnati Zoo, arrived in December and is now in his exhibit.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo will be featured on the season two premiere of DC Cupcakes, airing Feb. 25 at 10:30 p.m.... read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park’s “Uncle Beazley” is in need of a facelift. read more
Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoological Park’s youngest brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli), Areta (pronounced AH-reh-tah), died in the early morning of Feb. 14.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
The two cheetah cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December received their first vaccinations yesterday.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
The tiger reserves of Asia could support more than 10,000 wild tigers—three times the current number—if they are managed as large-scale landscapes that allow for connectivity between core breedin... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
As President Barack Obama met with President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China this week, another notable U.S./China meeting took place this morning at the Smithsonian’s National Zoolog... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
The giant anteater born on Dec. 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park is growing quickly and doing well. The male pup, yet to be named, is the third anteater to be born at the Zoo.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
As the fate of tigers hangs in the balance, conservationists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and partnering organizations in the Global Tiger Initiative are launching a month-... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
An elderly female bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) named Sam was euthanized Friday, Dec. 31, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
Looking for the “wildest” way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank? Attend the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s third annual on Friday, Feb.... read more