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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
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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... read press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
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 press release
cubs
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 press release
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 press release