The Zoo is reopening May 21! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji holds a slice of apple in his paws.
May. 14, 2021
As keeper Mariel Lally mentioned in our last #PandaStory update, giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji will soon learn a few husbandry behaviors that enable him to voluntarily participate in his own healthc... read more
Lion statue at Zoo's entrance with face covering.
May. 11, 2021
UPDATE: All entry passes will be available online starting Friday afternoon, May 14, at 12:25 p.m. in advance of the Zoo’s opening Friday, May 21. When visitors return to the Smithsonian’s Nat... read more
First photograph of Bornean Rajah scops owl in the wild.
May. 03, 2021
The Bornean subspecies of Rajah scops owl (Otus brookii brookii), documented in the wild for the first time since 1892, may be its own unique species and deserving of a conservation designation. Publi... read more
Brilliant lime green frog with yellow accents on its flanks and toes. Its eyes are huge and black with a narrow pale white iris
May. 02, 2021
'Hoppy' Amphibian Awareness Week! All week long, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute will be sharing stories about amazing amphibians and the scientists working to save t... read more
Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji up a tree.
Apr. 30, 2021
Very soon, the giant panda team will begin to train our 8-month-old cub, Xiao Qi Ji, to voluntarily participate in his own healthcare. Using positive reinforcement training, we teach our pandas behavi... read more
A closeup of a southern cassowary's face.
Apr. 30, 2021
Standing eye-to-eye with a southern cassowary, it is easy to see how this giant bird is considered the dinosaurs’ closest living relative. With an imposing frame that is more than 5.5 feet tall, a hel... read more
Hartmann's mountain zebra Yipes runs across an open pasture at SCBI.
Apr. 30, 2021
Spring’s arrival brought about some big changes in the life of our 9-month-old Hartmann’s mountain zebra colt, Yipes. Over the past few months, we have seen our curious and brave young zebra become mo... read more
A male Asian elephant, named Spike, with large white tusks and a long trunk stands outside in the sun near a pool of water at the Smithsonian's National Zoo
Apr. 29, 2021
How do you get an elephant to exercise, safely introduce two songbirds or prepare a cheetah for a veterinary exam? In this series, get an insider’s look at how animal keepers use activities, food, tra... read more
Brood X cicada nymph emerging from the dirt.
Apr. 29, 2021
They slumber underground for 16 summers, nestled near tree roots, sipping xylem — the nutrient-poor water inside tree tissues. Then, as ground temperatures rise on the 17th summer, they emerge an... read more
Lesser kudu calf laying down in the sand.
Apr. 29, 2021
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo are celebrating the arrival of a male lesser kudu calf, who was born Mar. 29 to 7-year-old mother Rogue and 10-year-old father G... read more
Lion statue wearing face mask.
Apr. 23, 2021
The Smithsonian announced today that the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, along with seven other museums, will reopen to the public soon. We are thrilled to welcome you a... read more
The Smithsonian's National Zoo reopened on July 24.
Apr. 23, 2021
The Smithsonian will reopen eight of its facilities to the public in May, starting with the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, Wednesday, May 5. Additi... read more