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Feb. 27, 2011
The National Zoological Park’s youngest brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli), Areta (pronounced AH-reh-tah), died in the early morning of Feb. 14.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
The two cheetah cubs born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in December received their first vaccinations yesterday.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
The tiger reserves of Asia could support more than 10,000 wild tigers—three times the current number—if they are managed as large-scale landscapes that allow for connectivity between core breedin... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
As President Barack Obama met with President Hu Jintao of the People’s Republic of China this week, another notable U.S./China meeting took place this morning at the Smithsonian’s National Zoolog... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
The giant anteater born on Dec. 7 at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park is growing quickly and doing well. The male pup, yet to be named, is the third anteater to be born at the Zoo.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
As the fate of tigers hangs in the balance, conservationists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and partnering organizations in the Global Tiger Initiative are launching a month-... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
An elderly female bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) named Sam was euthanized Friday, Dec. 31, at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.... read more
Jan. 27, 2011
Looking for the “wildest” way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank? Attend the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s third annual on Friday, Feb.... read more
Dec. 27, 2010
Many years of research are celebrated in the birth of two cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute—the first cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) born at the Smithsonian’s Na... read more
Dec. 27, 2010
Seven lion cubs born at the National Zoo are now sporting seven names. read more
Dec. 27, 2010
WhatPress conference for lion cub debut and revealing of names (press credentials required) ... read more
Dec. 27, 2010
With the holiday season quickly approaching, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo asks that you keep the furry and non-furry animals in mind.... read more
Dec. 27, 2010
Animal keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo have selected six finalists from the Name the Lion: Cub Cam Contest, and voting on the finalists has begun. Through this contest, U.S.... read more
Dec. 27, 2010
Today 20th Century Fox and Walden Media presented a monetary gift to support the National Zoo’s great-cat conservation, research and public education.... read more
Nov. 27, 2010
A longtime resident of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, an elderly female Andean bear was euthanized Monday after a decline in her health compromised her quality of life.... read more
Nov. 27, 2010
The National Zoo’s 27-year-old female Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), Siam, died this morning after an aggressive encounter with Mickey, a 25-year-old male gibbon.... read more
Nov. 27, 2010
As frogs around the world continue to disappear—many killed by a rapidly spreading disease called chytridiomycosis, which attacks the skin cells of amphibians—one critically endangered species has... read more
Nov. 27, 2010
For the past three months, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has delighted animal lovers around the world with its lion cub cam, featuring the Zoo’s seven young African lion cubs. Now it is the viewers... read more
Oct. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s endocrinology laboratory is set to play a vital role in what will be the most comprehensive and collaborative study on elephant welfare in zoos—a... read more
Oct. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has entered the mobile-giving marketplace with its latest “TEXT ELEPHANT” and “TEXT FROG” fundraising campaigns.... read more