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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
red panda standing
Aug. 18, 2014
A female red panda, Shama, was euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., Saturday, Aug. 16.... read more
Jul. 24, 2014
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the SVF Foundation announced July 23 the launch of the Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Pro... read more
Jul. 17, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo humanely euthanized its last Sulawesi macaque, a 27-year-old male named Spock, this morning. The median lifespan for this species is about 18 years.... read more
Jul. 02, 2014
All four red panda pairs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., successfully bred and had cubs this year. read... read more
Public Debut of Asian Elephants Maharani
Jun. 23, 2014
The National Zoo's three new female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23) — made their public debut in one of the outdoor yards on Elephant Trails for the fir... read more
Jun. 19, 2014
Thank you for expressing your appreciation for the National Zoo's Invertebrate Exhibit and your concern about its closing. read more
Jun. 19, 2014
WHAT: The National Zoo's new three female Asian elephants—Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23)—will be out of quarantine and will have their public debut outside for the firs... read more
Jun. 16, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo Invertebrate Exhibit, home to dozens of small aquatic and terrestrial species without backbones, will close to the public Sunday, June 22.... read more
lion cubs frolicking
Jun. 13, 2014
The four youngest members of the African lion pride at the Smithsonian's National Zoo are making their public debut today at noon at the Great Cats Exhibit.... read more
Jun. 12, 2014
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute celebrated several births recently. read... read more
three elephants
May. 23, 2014
Asian elephants Kamala (39), Swarna (39) and Maharani (23) arrived safely at the Smithsonian's National Zoo at 10:55 a.m.... read more
A group of elephants
May. 23, 2014
When did the elephants leave the Calgary Zoo? Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 2:30p.m.   How do you move an elephant? read more
Portugal. The Man Performs the #EndangeredSong Sumatran Tiger at the National Zoo
May. 12, 2014
The #EndangeredSong campaign continued this evening at the Smithsonian's National Zoo with a free stripped-down concert by Portugal. The Man.... read more
May. 12, 2014
As part of the Worldwide InstaMeet and the National Zoo's ongoing 125th anniversary celebration, the Zoo invites Instagrammers from across the Washington, D.C., region to... read more