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VISITORS: The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is temporarily closed. Giant pandas will still be viewable in their outdoor yards.
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Press Releases

May. 27, 2010
The two Andean bear cubs, Tremarctos ornatus (also known as the spectacled bear), that were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in mid-January are getting ready for two big events: r... read more
May. 27, 2010
For the first time in more than 20 years, tiny lion paws are making a mark at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. read more
May. 27, 2010
One week and nearly 5,000 votes after the Smithsonian’s National Zoo opened the online polls to the public to name its male and female Andean bear cubs the Zoo has two winners: Chaska... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
A 24-hour pregnancy watch of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is slated to begin today at 4 p.m.... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Shade-grown, Bird Friendly coffee is now available in five museum locations at the Smithsonian. read more
Apr. 27, 2010
As a disease known as amphibian chytrid fungus continues to wipe out amphibian species worldwide, frogs in Panama are finding a safe haven in a seemingly unlikely spot—between the metal walls of... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Two weeks and 7,050 votes after the Smithsonian’s National Zoo opened the online polls to the public to name its new giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini), one choice has emerged... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Following a final ultrasound and hormone analysis, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo confirmed late yesterday (Tuesday, April 27) that female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) is not preg... read more
Apr. 27, 2010
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo detected a secondary rise in urinary progestagen levels in the Zoo’s female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) March 30.... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
One of the world’s most endangered species—a brown kiwi Apteryx mantelli—hatched at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Bird House, early Tuesday morning, March 30.... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
It is a natural explorer in the wild and seems to have an impressive memory. It has eight arms, no spine and its very own Web cam.... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s rare male clouded leopards Ta Moon (“mischievous child”) and Sa Ming (“brave warrior”) are one year old today!... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
The ensemble of animal noises at the National Zoo will hopefully include the tiny roar of lion cubs this spring. read... read more
Mar. 27, 2010
Organized by Friends of the National Zoo, the Science Fair is part of the Zoo’s ongoing commitment to education. read more
Mar. 27, 2010
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Friends of the National Zoo will continue a Washington tradition that spans more than 100 years by hosting “Easter Monday: An African American Family Tradition”... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
At a mere three pounds, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s new giant Pacific octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) doesn’t appear to have earned its name.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
Understanding how to save an animal species from dying out may depend, in part, on understanding the many unique processes that lead to birth.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
On February 22, Kigali—the National Zoo’s 15-year-old female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)—successfully underwent dental surgery for a fractured tooth.... read more
Feb. 27, 2010
A clouded leopard at the Smithsonian's National Zoo’s campus in Front Royal, Va., gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs on Valentine’s Day—Sunday, Feb. 14.... read more