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tiny red frog
Mar. 09, 2015
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists working as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project hatched the f... read more
Feb. 28, 2015
China's State Forestry Administration released giant panda census data earlier today. It's good news for pandas.... read more
Feb. 12, 2015
Giant anteater Maripi gave birth to a female pup the night of January 24. Keepers monitored both Maripi and her pup via a closed circuit camera. read more
Jan. 23, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's attendance varies greatly throughout the year varying from a few hundred visitors per day in January to more than 25,000 visitors per day in April.... read more
baby panda in snow
Jan. 06, 2015
As the year's first blanket of snow coated the Washington, D.C. area today, giant panda Bao Bao spent much of the morning playing in it for the very first time.... read more
tigers in grass
Dec. 05, 2014
Researchers have learned that despite strong global support for tiger conservation, the survival of the species continues to be threatened.... read more
Closeup of an adult Andean Bear
Nov. 12, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Andean bear cubs born to 8-year-old Billie Jean Nov. 10 and 11. The Zoo announced Nov.... read more
Oct. 24, 2014
Dr. Donald Neiffer has been named chief veterinarian of the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective Oct. 20.... read more
porcupine on ground
Oct. 08, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo recently welcomed the newest member of its zoological family: the North American Porcupine. read more...
rusty-patched bumble bee face
Oct. 03, 2014
The rusty-patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis), which has not been seen in the eastern United States in five years, has been found by a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute research team at Sky... read more
Sep. 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., is opening its doors—usually closed to the public—for special opportunities in October.... read more
Sep. 16, 2014
The membership of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has elected Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, to the position of Vice Chair of the Board of Directors... read more
Sep. 09, 2014
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation's top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive... read more
two buffalo
Aug. 27, 2014
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is once again home to American bison, the animal that began the Zoo's living collection in 1889 and sparked the conservation moveme... read more
Aug. 25, 2014
WHAT: Media preview and name reveal of the National Zoo's two female American bison. The American Bison Exhibit opens to the public Aug. 30.... read more
panda cub
Aug. 23, 2014
The National Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bao Bao's first birthday this morning with a Zhuazhou (dra-JO) ceremony.... read more