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Red panda
Oct. 12, 2017
We are sad to share that one of red panda Nutmeg’s cubs born June 14 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, was euthanized Oct. 4. Keepers rushed her to the... read more
An electric eel in the new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab in the Amazonia Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Oct. 05, 2017
The Amazonia Exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is buzzing with a current from a brand-new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab, opening Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. The multisensory lab is home to a 5-foot... read more
Guam rail release on Rota.
Sep. 27, 2017
Two female Guam rails born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, were released to the wild in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Sept. 18. This... read more
Alpaca Ziggy at the Kids' Farm
Sep. 26, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the loss of 12-year-old alpaca, Ziggy, who died Sept. 23. read more
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.
Sep. 25, 2017
The 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.—which is the headquarters for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s conservation science initiatives and is normally... read more
Dama gazelle calves
Sep. 21, 2017
The Cheetah Conservation Station at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating a baby boom of critically endangered dama gazelles. Three calves were born Aug. 30, Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 to mothers... read more
Giant panda Mei Xiang walking in the grass. There is a large rock to the right in the foreground.
Sep. 14, 2017
The giant panda team at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has determined that Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) will not give birth this year.... read more
The cover of a textbook titled "Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations"
Sep. 14, 2017
On Sept. 13, Smithsonian scientists and partners published a groundbreaking new book, "Genetic Management of Fragmented Animal and Plant Populations," which addresses one of today's greatest... read more
a tiger cub stand on a log
Sep. 11, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo transported its 9-week-old male Sumatran tiger cub to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where he will live and thrive with another young male tiger cub. ... read more
ZooFiesta
Sep. 08, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is hosting Enrichment Day Sept. 16, ZooFiesta Sept. 24 and Conservation Discovery Day Oct. 7. ... read more
Dama gazelle calf born Aug. 30, 2017.
Sep. 07, 2017
After a five-year hiatus, Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the birth of a critically endangered dama gazelle. The male calf was born in an off-... read more
ZooLights Connecticut Ave. Entrance
Sep. 07, 2017
ZooLights—powered by Pepco—at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is wilder than ever and a perfect holiday event for everyone in the family. Now in its 11th year, the annual free lights festival twinkles... read more
Screaming hairy armadillo pups.
Aug. 31, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed two screaming hairy armadillo pups Aug. 11. The pups are the first ever born at the Zoo. ... read more
Bei Bei eating his birthday cake.
Aug. 22, 2017
Giant panda Bei Bei celebrated his second birthday Aug. 22, with a panda friendly cake made by the Smithsonian's National Zoo's department of nutrition.... read more
Przewalski's horse Maja
Aug. 16, 2017
Maja, a 13-year-old Przewalski’s horse, was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Aug. 13, for renal failure. ... read more
Aug. 11, 2017
Primate keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Red Oak, a red-fronted lemur who was humanely euthanized Aug. 9.... read more
A female brown kiwi chick sitting on a gray carpet
Aug. 07, 2017
An endangered brown kiwi chick kicked her way out of her egg at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, between Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30.... read more
Maned Wolf
Aug. 07, 2017
All across the world, scientists are tracking the movements of animals, collecting considerable data to better understand how animals migrate, what paths they take and what threats they may face... read more
Sumatran tiger cub born July 11
Jul. 27, 2017
As the world prepares to celebrate Global Tiger Day this Saturday, July 29, Great Cats keepers have some big news to share about the 2-week-old Sumatran tiger cub in their care: it appears to be a... read more
Jul. 26, 2017
Keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Minnesota, a Przewalski’s horse who was humanely euthanized yesterday morning.... read more