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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
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