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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.


This photo shows Rusty the red panda. Rusty's mate, Shama, died Aug. 16. (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.


Animal Keeper Karen Abbott holds one of the 8-week-old Andean bear cubs during its first veterinary exam. (Credit: Beth Branneu, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo’s Andean Bear Cubs Get Clean Bill of Health

Twin Andean bear cubs born at the National Zoo in December received clean bills of health Wednesday.


Smithsonian's National Zoo began participating in the Apps for Apes program last year, when a keeper’s family member donated an iPad to the Great Ape House. (Credit: Jen Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo)

National Zoo’s ‘Apps for Apes’ Program Provides Enrichment

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Angry Birds make for happy apes. OK, maybe not Angry Birds. But orangutans at the National Zoo are enjoying an assortment of iPad apps as part of an enrichment program called Apps […]


Credit: Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

Elephant In D.C. Has Talent For Playing Harmonica

A 36-year-old Asian elephant named Shanthi is developing her musical talents by playing harmonicas and other instruments within the reach of her trunk.