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Naked mole-rat News Archive

A naked mole-rat eating a piece of lettuce.
Mar. 06, 2019
There seems to be a favorite in the naked mole-rat colony. One of the adult females has attacked every other adult female in the colony — except the queen — ultimately killing them. The only two remai... read more
closeup of two harbor seals touching their heads together
Feb. 14, 2019
This Valentine’s Day (or any day!) celebrate with your beloved and 2,700 of your closest animal friends at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Seal-ed with a kiss No need for a romantic walk on... read more
Adult naked mole-rats and pups sleeping together in a pile.
Feb. 01, 2019
We’re happy to welcome you back from our unscheduled break in naked mole-rat viewing! Life in our naked mole-rat colony has bustled on during the past three-and-a-half weeks. The four naked mole-rat p... read more
Naked mole-rat pups
Dec. 17, 2018
After months of anticipation, the naked mole-rat colony at the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo finally has a queen—the only breeding female in a colony. A female gave birth to thr... read more
a naked mole-rat sits behind green leafy vegetables
Aug. 29, 2018
If you think a blind, nearly hairless rodent that lives underground can’t get much stranger, then buckle up. There’s a lot more to these weird (and wonderful) rodents than meets the eye! 1. Their t... read more
A nearly hairless rodent, called a naked mole-rat, eating a piece of tomato
Aug. 27, 2018
A new naked mole-rat exhibit featuring a colony of 17 of the “nude” rodents at the Small Mammal House will open Sept 1. Included as part of the exhibit is a brand-new high-definition color webcam that... read more