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Press Releases

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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
Feb. 27, 2011
The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park’s “Uncle Beazley” is in need of a facelift. read press release
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 press release
Jan. 27, 2011
The two cheetah cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December received their first vaccinations yesterday.... read press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
Dec. 27, 2010
Many years of research are celebrated in the birth of two cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute—the first cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) born at the Smithsonian’s Na... read press release
Dec. 27, 2010
Seven lion cubs born at the National Zoo are now sporting seven names. read press release
Dec. 27, 2010
WhatPress conference for lion cub debut and revealing of names (press credentials required) ... read press release
Dec. 27, 2010
With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo asks that you keep the furry and non-furry animals in mind.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2010
Animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have selected six finalists from the Name the Lion: Cub Cam Contest, and voting on the finalists has begun. Through this contest, U.S.... read press release
Dec. 27, 2010
Today 20th Century Fox and Walden Media presented a monetary gift to support the National Zoo’s great-cat conservation, research and public education.... read press release
Nov. 27, 2010
A longtime resident of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, an elderly female Andean bear was euthanized Monday after a decline in her health compromised her quality of life.... read press release