June 10, 1968

June 10, 1968 Ground is broken for the new Hospital and Research Building at the National Zoological Park. The state-of-the-art facility, located near the Director’s Office on Administration Hill, was completed in December 1969.

Photo: With help from Edward Ruley (c.), chairman of the Nephrology Department at Children’s Hospital, the National Zoological Park’s chief veterinarian Mitchell Bush (lower r.) and zoo physiologist David Wildt (upper l.) conducted a laparoscopic exam and biopsy of one of giant panda Ling-Ling’s kidneys on December 8, 1983, at the Zoo’s hospital.

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives

Posted: 10 June 2012
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