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Smithsonian's Global Health Program

National Zoo
The Smithsonian Global Health Program (SGHP) has partnered with Dr. Matthew Mutinda and colleagues to study a deadly skin disease in the critically endangered black rhino. Mutinda has been a veterinarian for the Kenya Wildlife Service for the past eight years, working with elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, giraffes and other species. Mutinda is training with clinical veterinarians, pathologists and geneticists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), and other Smithsonian research associates. SGHP is working with SCBI pathologists and molecular diagnosticians to identify the cause of the disease, and, ultimately, treat and prevent it. The goal of the SGHP fellowship is to share information, techniques, and knowledge between professionals across the globe.

Giant Panda Cub Health Check

National Zoo
Mei Xiang left her den for a few minutes Wednesday afternoon giving our veterinarians an opportunity to do a quick cub health check to ensure that he is growing and healthy. They listened to his heart and lungs, palpated his abdomen and checked that he was able to move his forelimbs and hindlimbs. He is moving well and had a full belly. He now weighs in at 287.5 grams (about 10 ounces)! His eyes are still closed and his black markings are becoming more pronounced. #PandaStory Sept. 2, 2015

New tools measure Chesapeake Bay health

Smithsonian Libraries

Ecosystems on the Edge: Stream Health

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
How do you diagnose a sick stream? Count its insects, according to Smithsonian biologist Don Weller. View more Ecosystems on the Edge videos and learn how you can help at Created by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Animal Demonstrations at Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
Come see our numerous animal demonstrations at Smithsonian's National Zoo! For a complete list of daily demonstrations, visit:

Animal Artists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
Painting is ‪#‎ZooEnrichment‬ that engages the animals’ senses of touch, smell, and sight and allows them to exercise control and choice over their masterpieces. You can help our artists express themselves! Gift online at All animals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo create works of art using non-toxic, water-based paint.
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