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Smithsonian Museums, Zoo Battle For ‘Most Iconic’ Title

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Smithsonian organizations are engaging in some serious smack talk as they battle to win the “most iconic” title during the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Objects (and Bao Bao the panda cub) were […]


Bao Bao, the Giant Panda cub, is seen by the media for the first time Jan. 6, 2014. (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

DC Zoo Plans Party For Panda’s Birthday

It’s panda party time at the National Zoo in Washington.


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Zoo Euthanizes Sulawesi Macaque Named Spock

The National Zoo says it has euthanized its Sulawesi macaque, the last of a group donated to the zoo almost two decades ago.


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Metro Unveils Special SmarTrip Cards For Nat’l Zoo’s 125th Anniversary

To celebrate the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th anniversary, Metro has released four special edition SmarTrip cards.


Maharani is Kamala’s daughter. She was born at the Calgary Zoo on July 14, 1990. She’s the tallest of the three. (Credit: Bill Quayle/Calgary Zoo)

National Zoo to Debut 3 New Asian Elephants

The National Zoo is adding three new Asian elephants to its herd, and they will make their public debut this week.


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National Zoo Lovers Decry Loss of Invertebrates

Some lovers of the National Zoo in Washington have gotten their backbones up over the impending shutdown of an invertebrate exhibit.


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Cute Alert: National Zoo Shows Off Musical Enrichment Programs For Animals

The National Zoo in D.C. shared several videos Tuesday showing off its various animal enrichment programs involving musical instruments.


Photo Credit: Janice Sveda, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

National Zoo Welcomes 3 New Elephants From Canada

The National Zoo is welcoming three new Asian elephants to its herd.


A female Sumatran Tiger cub named Sukacita is dried off by biologist Leigh Pitsko after performing the cub performed her 'swim test' in a moat of the Great Cats exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

National Zoo Plans Free Concert For Endangered Tiger Effort

The National Zoo is planning a concert featuring the band Portugal. The Man to draw attention to the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.


Photo credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo

Watch: National Zoo’s Lion Cubs Pass Swim Test

All four of the National Zoo’s youngest African lion cubs passed their swim test Tuesday.