Excitement is in the air at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, where hoofstock keepers are eagerly anticipating the births of three Persian onagers! Get to know this rare and endangered species in this Q&A with supervisory biologist Dolores Reed. What are your favorite facts about Persian onagers? Onagers, in general, have… Continue reading Featured Creature: Persian Onager
The National Zoo’s assistant curator of primates, Becky Malinsky, has an update on Moke, the Zoo’s baby western lowland gorilla. Continue reading #GorillaStory: Moke is becoming more bold
A sassy new resident made her debut at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo this week! Animal care staff recently welcomed Amur tiger Nikita to the Great Cats exhibit. Get to know her in this Q&A with animal keeper Dell Guglielmo. Continue reading New at the Zoo: La Femme Nikita
Americans spent almost $30 billion on pet food for Fido and Fluffy last year, but you can’t exactly run to the store for a half-ton of kibble when you have elephants to feed. John Barrat spent the day in Front Royal to see how the Zoo keeps its critters locavore. Continue reading Mike Maslanka had a farm…
When D.C. Water announced possible contamination of the city’s water supply last month, it was an irritating nuisance for residents, but for staff at the National Zoo, responsible for animals who consume thousands of gallons of water a day, the alert was a dangerous emergency. Continue reading How do you tell a thirsty elephant not to take a drink?
The National Zoo is celebrating the arrival of a 36-year-old male Asian elephant name Spike, who will join the Zoo’s five female elephants at the Elephant Trails exhibit. Maybe babies? Continue reading Welcome, Spike!
What does working among the giants of the animal kingdom entail? For Asian elephant keepers Kayleigh Sullivan and Paige Babel, the thrill lies in training, enriching and caring for the Zoo’s multi-generational herd. Cleaning up all that poop is just a bonus. Continue reading A Day in the Life of an Elephant Keeper
Soy milk? Almond milk? Whole fat, low fat, 2%, skim? It’s nice to have choices for your latte, but for baby mammals, it’s mother’s milk or nothing. Which begs the question: what happens when mom’s not around? Continue reading Saving baby animals with the milk lab
After being rejected by his mother, the National Zoo’s nine-week-old Sumatran tiger cub was transported Sept. 11 morning to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where he will grow up with a young male Bengal tiger cub. UPDATED with new adorable video! Continue reading Selamat tinggal, little tiger!
Red Oak, a 24-year-old red-fronted lemur, was described as endearing and charismatic. Continue reading Long-lived lemur dies at the National Zoo