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California Sea Lion Pup
Aug. 26, 2016
Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo can view 2-month-old female sea lion Catalina making a splash on American Trail. read press... read press release
Sparky the tiger in his yard
Aug. 23, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is home to a new male Sumatran tiger. Sparky is acclimating to his new home and can be seen at the Great Cats Exhibit.... read press release
Giant panda Mei Xiang selects the Zhuazhou symbolizing luck and friendship on behalf of Bei Bei
Aug. 20, 2016
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bei Bei's (BAY-BAY) first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony.... read press release
oryx running in the wild
Aug. 16, 2016
Oryx are back in the wild! read press release
Scientists examining the teeth of an oryx about to be released
Aug. 11, 2016
Thirty years after the scimitar-horned oryx were driven to extinction, the desert antelope will return to the last-known place it existed: Chad's Sahelian grasslands.... read press release
Aug. 09, 2016
WHAT: A traditional Zhuazhou ceremony for giant panda cub Bei Bei. (Media opportunity only. Not open to the public. read press release
Aug. 05, 2016
Two red pandas died at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on consecutive days, July 24 and 25. read press... read press release
Hooded crane chick in the grass with mom
Jul. 28, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) hatched its first hooded crane chick June 14. The chick was born as the result of artificial insemination.... read press release
Hartmann's mountain zebras in a corral
Jul. 26, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras will graze the fields at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va.... read press release
scraggly crane chick
Jul. 14, 2016
Bird House keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a Stanley crane chick, hatched July 10 to the Zoo's 27-year-old female and 17-year-old male.... read press release
seal pup with mom
Jun. 29, 2016
For the first time in 32 years, the Smithsonian's National Zoo's American Trail team celebrated the arrival of a sea lion pup, born June 26 to 11-year-old mother Calli.... read press release
Jun. 27, 2016
The Smithsonian's National Zoo recently welcomed two new residents to its Cheetah Conservation Station: maned wolves. read... read press release
Jun. 27, 2016
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) humanely euthanized a 1-year-old female scimitar-horned oryx, after sustaining a severe spinal injury on June 25.... read press release
cheetah snarling
Jun. 21, 2016
The planet's last stronghold of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is losing genetic diversity at an alarming rate according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI)... read press release
coral
Jun. 17, 2016
Not even pioneering assisted-reproduction techniques can bolster the odds of successful reproduction in bleached coral reefs, according to a new study from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Inst... read press release
sloth bear
Jun. 16, 2016
The National Zoo's senior male sloth bear, 25-year-old Francois, was humanely euthanized yesterday. In human care, sloth bears typically have a median life expectancy of early-to-mid 20s.... read press release
orangutan sitting
Jun. 14, 2016
For the first time in 25 years, staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of an endangered Bornean orangutan.... read press release
elephant in yard
Jun. 09, 2016
Virtual visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo will now be able to see its herd of six Asian elephants up-close. read press... read press release
large salamander
Jun. 08, 2016
A Japanese giant salamander at the Smithsonian's National Zoo died June 6. read press release
kiwi resting
May. 31, 2016
For the first time, an egg laid by a female brown kiwi at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute hatched on May 10, 2016.... read press release