Newsroom

General Information

Welcome to the newsroom for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

 If you are a reporter and would like to arrange an interview or get more information on the Zoo’s animals and conservation science research, or request photos or video, please contact the communications team to facilitate your request. 

Before calling to discuss stories on some of the most-covered topics, media are encouraged to look over online resources for details on the Zoo’s giant pandasAsian elephants and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

Phone: 202-633-3055
Email: ZooSCBICommunications@si.edu

Press Releases

Peter Leimgruber Named Director of Conservation and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

February 08, 2024

Public Can Help Name Cotton-Top Tamarins at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

February 05, 2024

White-Naped Crane Dies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

January 31, 2024

Sea lion Ronin behind the scenes at the American Trail exhibit

Media Requests

For media inquiries and requests, connect with the Zoo's press team via the contact form below. 

Want to be added to the Zoo's press release distribution list? Fill out the contact form with the subject line: "add to distribution list."

Giant Panda Program Media Resources

Find comprehensive resources on the Giant Panda program here, including photos, videos, a panda program backgrounder and press releases.

Find photos, videos and more resources on the Zoo's giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji here.

Bird House Reopening Media Resources

Find comprehensive resources on the reopening of the Bird House, including photos, videos, backgrounders and press release.

Video B-roll for Media Use

Browse a comprehensive playlist with footage and video clips on the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's YouTube channel.

Filming at the Zoo

Requests to film at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are evaluated an individual basis. 

Parties interested in filming at the Zoo are encouraged to review our filming policies before submitting an application.

More on Filming Requests

Animal News Archive


Focus on the Future: James Mouton

February 28, 2024

Once Extinct in the Wild, Scimitar-horned Oryx Are Back From the Brink

February 21, 2024