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On Jan. 24, the National Zoo’s 10-year-old lion Nababiep gave birth to a litter of cubs. (Photo credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Lion Cubs Born at the National Zoo

An African lioness at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in D.C. gave birth to a litter of cubs Friday.


Photo credit: Abby Wood, Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo Will Extend Hours for Panda Cub’s Debut

The National Zoo is extending its hours for the giant panda house this weekend as panda cub Bao Bao makes her public debut.


(Photo Credit: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)

D.C. National Zoo Celebrates International Cheetah Day

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating International Cheetah Day with lots of spots with 10 genetically valuable cheetah cubs from two litters, which were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in November.


Animals At In The Brookfield Zoo Try To Beat The Summer Heat

Nat’l Zoo’s First Species Making a Comeback

The National Zoo is currently home to about 2,000 animals from 400 different species, but it had to start somewhere.



Nat’l Zoo’s Tiger Cubs Pass Swim Test

Both of the National Zoo’s tiger cubs have passed their swim test.


The National Zoo's panda cub had a medical exam and got her first vaccine on Oct. 23. (credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

Panda Cub Is Crawling, Handled Her First Vaccine Well

The National Zoo’s panda cub is growing fast.


An elephant at the National Zoo. (Photo credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

New Elephant Bozie to Join Others at National Zoo

A new Asian elephant is being introduced to the other elephants at the National Zoo and will begin sharing the same living space.


Rusty the Red Panda. (Photo credit: The National Zoo)

Rusty the Red Panda Makes His Return

Rusty the Red Panda will make his much anticipated return to his exhibit Tuesday morning.


The National Zoo's yet-to-be-named sloth cub. (Photo credit: Barb Statas, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo Wants Facebook Fans to Name Sloth Cub

The National Zoo is inviting its Facebook fans to name the male sloth cub that was born in December.


Mei Xiang. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Panda Baby Watch — Who’s the Daddy?

Ever since scientists detected a rise in giant panda Mei Xiang’s urinary estrogens on March 26, the National Zoo has been abuzz with talk of another baby for the 14-year-old bear.