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Bei Bei in the Snow

National Zoo
Nov. 14, 2018— Three-year-old giant panda Bei Bei plays in the snow. The giant pandas are most active in cold weather and enjoy tumbling and rolling in snow.

Illegal Pet Trade: Help Stop Wildlife Trafficking

National Zoo
You can help stop the illegal pet trade. Your choice makes a difference. Together, we can all help stop wildlife trafficking.

Studying EEHV at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
Aug. 6, 2015—Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute were the first to discover Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus (EEHV) in 1995. EEHV is a lethal virus and affects both elephants in the wild and in human care. Scientists at the EEHV lab at the National Zoo are trying to better understand how the virus is spread between elephants. They know that it can be shed in trunk secretions. They are studying semen samples from 200 elephants to see if the virus is spread through seminal fluids. So far, they have not found any evidence that it is. The EEHV Lab also tests trunk wash samples and blood samples of elephants around North America for EEHV. The earlier EEHV is detected, the better chances elephants have of surviving it. As a result, the mortality rate has plummeted. There has only been one elephant death as the result of EEHV since 2008 in the United States. #WeSaveSpecies

#GorillaStory: Moke on the Mend

National Zoo
Over the weekend, primate keepers noticed that the Zoo’s western lowland gorilla infant, Moke, was not placing weight on his left leg. A veterinary exam revealed that the rambunctious 9-month-old had a fractured femur. Moke is resting and recovering with his parents, Calaya and Baraka, under the close watch of the animal care team. Find out more about Moke’s treatment: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news/gorillastory-moke-mend.

Hand-Rearing Clouded Leopards Cubs

National Zoo
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, are hand-rearing the pair of clouded leopard cubs born on March 28, increasing the chances that the cubs will be more successful at breeding later in their life. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/i8KIX0

Cheetah Cub Explores Beyond Its Nest Box

National Zoo
One of the cheetah cubs born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's facility in Front Royal, Virginia, ventured beyond its next box yesterday and explored the den it shares with its foster mother and foster sibling. The older cub, a male, was born on Dec. 6, 2010 to Amani. Because mothers that have only one cub cannot produce enough milk, Amani's cub was placed with Zazi, an experienced mother who gave birth to a female cub on Dec. 16, 2010. Both cubs are thriving under Zazi's care. There are currently no plans to bring the cubs to the Zoo's campus in Washington, D.C.

Pandas in Snow 2019

National Zoo

Andean Bears Explore Their Yard at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
Music: Child Pizzicato by Matti Paalanen Help the Zoo pick names for our Andean bear cubs: http://s.si.edu/1CdHTeo. They make their public debut March 28, 2015. Since early March, the cubs have been acclimating to their yard and the variety of new smells, trees, rocks and other environmental enrichment in their yard. Keepers spread hay bedding around the yard to keep the cubs safe while they explore and play. Andean bears are very adept climbers, and the cubs have been testing out their skills. Give the bears a housewarming gift: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/givingtree/

Tiger Cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
Watch Sumatran tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita romp and play at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Great Cats Exhibit. 10 a.m. everyday, weather permitting. Music: Funk Game Loop, MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Bei Bei Climbs a Tree

National Zoo
Feb. 8, 2016—Bei Bei ventured outside for the second time this morning, and after several attempts climbed a tree for the first time. His mother Mei Xiang helped him successfully climb down. #WeSaveSpecies

FIELD IN FOCUS | Elephants in Myanmar: Human-Elephant Conflict

National Zoo
Humans and elephants are increasingly living in the same places, but science can help prevent conflict between them. Watch part two of our new series—Field in Focus.

Young dama gazelle explores yard

National Zoo
Just a few weeks old, the Zoo's youngest dama gazelle explores his yard. The gazelle was born Sept. 4, 2012.

Lion Cub Swim Test

National Zoo
Video courtesy of Justin Dent. Four African lion cubs born to Shera on March 2 had their swim reliability test this morning. All lion cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo must take a swim test, carefully monitored by the animal care team, before going on exhibit. As part of the test they must prove that they can swim to land and pull themselves out of the water. All of the cubs passed. They are now one step closer to going on exhibit in a few weeks with their aunts and half siblings. Aug. 27, 2015

Apps for Apes: Smithsonian Orangutans using iPads for Enrichment

National Zoo
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is participating in the Apps4Apes program. The Apps4Apes program is an Orangutan Outreach initiative, designed to further enrich the quality of lives for primates in zoos. The animals are allowed to engage with basic apps for added mental stimulation and entertainment. Video produced by Elliott Fabrizio, Smithsonian's National Zoo Office of Communications. Special thanks to Orangutan Outreach.

Tian Tian Scent-Anointing During Breeding Season

National Zoo
Tian Tian scent-anoints himself with a scent-mark left by Mei Xiang. When giant pandas scent-anoint, they will rub a scent over their heads and ears. During breeding season, keepers track his reactions to Mei Xiang's scent marks. He shredded the log she left it on in an attempt to cover his head and ears with it.

Clouded Leopard Cubs

National Zoo
An endangered clouded leopard at the National Zoos Conservation and Research Center (CRC) in Front Royal, Virginia, gave birth to a genetically valuable litter of two cubs early in the morning on March 24. Staff had been on pregnancy watch of the two-and-a-half-year-old clouded leopard Jao Chu for five days. This is Jao Chus first litter. She and the cubs father, two-and-a-half-year-old Hannibal, were born in Thailand in a collaborative research program with the Zoological Park Organization of Thailand. The cubs sex will not be known until the first veterinary exam. The newborn cubs will not be on exhibit. However, visitors may get an up-close treetop view of two clouded leopards—a male named Tai and a female named Mook—in their exhibit at the Zoo's Asia Trail. Find out more: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsiaTrail/CloudedLeopard/cubsbornMarch09.cfm?hpout=zn_Animals/AsiaTrail/CloudedLeopard/cubsbornMarch09.cfm

Meet Ambika - Asian Elephant

National Zoo
On World Elephant Day 2017, the Smithsonian's National Zoo celebrated Ambika the elephant's 70th birthday. Hear her keepers of more than 30 years talk about what it's like to work with the matriarch of the Zoo's herd.

Bei Bei B-roll for Media Use Only 12-16-2015

National Zoo
Giant panda cub Bei Bei at a routine weighing with his keepers Dec. 14, 2015. He weighed in at 17.5 pounds. He will make his public debut Jan. 16, 2016. Members of Friends of the National Zoo will be able to see him on exhibit starting Jan. 8, 2016.

Lion Cub Progress

National Zoo
The Smithsonian's National Zoo welcomed new lion cubs to their family a few months ago. Here is a check up to see how the cubs are doing.

Tian Tian Playing

National Zoo
Aug. 27, 2018—This silly ol' bear turned 21 today! But he can still play like a big cub.

Tian Tian in the Snow Jan. 23, 2016

National Zoo
Jan. 23, 2016---Male giant panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) woke up this morning to a lot of snow, and he was pretty excited about it. Giant pandas have thick woolly coats that keep them warm in the snowy mountains of China. #Blizzard2016

Giant Panda Bei Bei Celebrates His Third Birthday

National Zoo
Bei Bei turned 3 years old today! In celebration of his big day, Bei Bei enjoyed an ice-cake, participated in an enrichment painting session and received a new panda-friendly toy. His cake was specially made by the Zoo’s department of nutrition sciences and included all of his favorite foods. The tiers were made of diluted apple, cranberry and grape juice with leaf-eater biscuit puree. It was decorated and filled with apples, pears, bananas, shredded carrots and cooked sweet potatoes. The number 3 that topped the cake was made of diluted apple juice with a leaf-eater biscuit puree center.

Andean Bears: Saving Species with Zoo Director Dennis Kelly

National Zoo
Music: Woodvale by Ryan Lutton Visit the Andean bear cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo beginning March 28. The cubs were born at the Zoo Nov. 10 and 11, 2014, and are significant births for the population of Andean bears in human care. They are the third litter of cubs born at the Zoo since 2010, and one of only five surviving litters born in North American Zoos in the past 10 years. Andean bears are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, and it is estimated that there are only 20,000 left in the wild. #WeSaveSpecies

American Bison Return to Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
In honor of its 125th anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is once again home to American bison, the animal that began the Zoo’s living collection in 1889 and sparked the conservation movement. Learn more at /www.americanbison.si.edu.
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