Newsroom

General Information

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute leads the Smithsonian's global efforts to save species, better understand ecosystems and train future generations of conservationists. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Its two campuses are home to more than 2,100 animals, including some of the planet’s most critically endangered species.  

This Newsroom contains resources for members of the media, including press releases, media kits, images and downloadable b-roll. 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. For all other inquiries, please use our general contact form. 

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

Press Releases

Sea Lion Dies at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

July 05, 2024

Rising Carbon Dioxide May Be Diluting Plant Nutrients, Threatening Herbivores

June 13, 2024

Two New Giant Pandas Coming to Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute From China by End of the Year

May 29, 2024

Media Requests

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. For all other inquiries, please use our general contact form.

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

Sea lion Ronin behind the scenes at the American Trail exhibit

Giant Panda Program Media Resources

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

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.

About the Zoo

Founded in 1889, the Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Its two campuses are home to more than 2,100 animals, including some of the planet’s most critically endangered species. 

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.

Animal News Archive


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