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Jan. 27, 2010
Looking for the “wildest” way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank? Attend the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s second annual Woo at the Zoo on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6:00–10:00 p.m.... read more
Dec. 27, 2009
The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation (PARC) Project announced today that some of the frogs collected in their inaugural expedition in November were already affected by amphibian chytrid... read more
Dec. 27, 2009
Dennis W. Kelly has been named director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective February 15, 2010. read more
Dec. 27, 2009
Sales of organic, shade-grown coffee grown to the Bird Friendly standards of the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center rose to nearly $3.5 million in 2008.... read more
Dec. 27, 2009
Tai Shan (tie-SHON), the first surviving giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, will be sent to the People’s Republic of China in early 2010, as stipulated in the agreement betw... read more
Nov. 27, 2009
This winter, Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) will present Wild Side Stage, a new performance series for children. Families are invited for shows by acclaimed, award-winning musicians, dancers,... read more
Nov. 27, 2009
Two adult arapaima fish have died in the Amazonia exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. The first fish died Thursday, November 19, and a second fish was found dead Friday, November 27.... read more
Nov. 27, 2009
Most countries throughout the world participate in the $40-million-per-year culinary trade of frog legs in some way, with 75 percent of frog legs consumed in France, Belgium, and the United State... read more
Nov. 27, 2009
A wild white-tailed deer jumped into a lion exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Sunday afternoon, Nov. 8. read more
Nov. 27, 2009
Just in time for mailing holiday greeting cards, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo launches a series of customized conservation stamps featuring seven Zoo animals: the giant panda, Asian elephant,... read more
Nov. 27, 2009
Merlin, the National Zoo’s senior male sloth bear, died this morning after a 48-hour illness. On Monday morning, Nov. 2, he underwent a routine physical examination.... read more
Nov. 27, 2009
Tickets are now on sale for ZooLights, the National Zoo’s 3rd annual winter celebration, featuring sculptures of the Zoo’s animals in LED lights.... read more
Oct. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has experienced the deaths of two scimitar-horned oryx, a female at the Rock Creek campus and a male at the Conservation and Research Center (CRC)... read more
Oct. 27, 2009
At an event held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the U.S.... read more
Oct. 27, 2009
Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) invites pre-kindergarten through high school teachers/educators from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area (Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia) t... read more
Sep. 27, 2009
“Happy,” the National Zoo’s 28-year-old Nile hippopotamus, was transported early yesterday morning to his new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin.... read more
Sep. 27, 2009
“Happy,” the National Zoo’s 28-year-old Nile hippopotamus, was transported early yesterday morning to his new home at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin.... read more
Aug. 27, 2009
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed two burrowing owl chicks Aug. 2—the first hatching of this species at the Zoo in 30 years.... read more
Jul. 27, 2009
It was an exciting and busy 24 hours at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Va., last week as three births took place just hours apart.... read more
Jun. 27, 2009
Veterinarians and animal care staff conducted a series of artificial insemination procedures this week on Shanthi, one of the Asian elephants at Smithsonian’s National Zoo.... read more