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Apr. 29, 2015
A free-standing kiosk at the Smithsonian's National Zoo enables visitors to gain a better understanding of the impact of wildlife trafficking.... read press release
Apr. 27, 2015
After carefully monitoring the behavior of both its giant pandas and female Mei Xiang's (may-SHONG) hormones for weeks, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conserva... read press release
Apr. 21, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is mourning the loss of a 12-year-old female maned wolf named Salina, who died April 18.... read press release
Apr. 21, 2015
Caitlin Burrell, research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, returned from China last night April 20, with frozen giant panda semen that had been stored at the Bifengxia G... read press release
gorilla on swing
Apr. 09, 2015
Calaya, a western lowland gorilla, is now on exhibit at the National Zoo. Keepers describe the 12-year-old female as confident and socially-savvy.... read press release
blotchy frog with enlarged toe pads
Apr. 08, 2015
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) scientists working together as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project (PAR... read press release
bear cub standing
Mar. 26, 2015
The National Zoo's rambunctious and charismatic 19-week-old Andean bear cubs have names. read press release
Mar. 25, 2015
Brandie Smith has been named associate director of Animal Care Sciences at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., effective immediately.... read press release
mother bear and cub on rocks
Mar. 24, 2015
WHAT:Two male Andean bear cubs will receive their names and make their media debut; the public debut is Saturday, March 28  ... read press release
golden frog in water
Mar. 18, 2015
A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society by scientists at the Smithsonian Cons... read press release
bear cub climbing on wall
Mar. 16, 2015
The Smithsonian's National Zoo, in collaboration with Univision's ¡Despierta America!, is inviting the public to name two rambunctious and charismatic 18-week-old male Andean bear cubs.... read press release
anteater on a branch
Mar. 11, 2015
Meet Cayenne, a southern tamandua now on exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Keepers describe the 1-year-old female as active and curious.... read press release
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 press release
Feb. 28, 2015
China's State Forestry Administration released giant panda census data earlier today. It's good news for pandas.... read press release
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 press... read press release
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 press release
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 press release