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2011-04-23 08:35:00

Seven lion cubs at the National Zoo are about to turn seven and eight months old and will soon be separated.

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2011-02-07 09:51:10

How smart are copy cats? Maybe it depends on your species.

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2011-02-02 12:02:07

In a move almost guaranteed to quash romantic notions, onlookers watched intently from video monitors as two giant pandas at Washington DC’s National Zoo were about to have their first date in a year.

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2011-01-20 13:25:39

A Chinese conservation official said on Wednesday that China is extending its so-called panda diplomacy agreement with the US, which would allow giant pandas to stay at the National Zoo in Washington for another five years.

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2010-06-11 06:10:00

Tigers, on the verge of extinction for years, still have a chance to be saved, but their continued survival has two huge hurdles to overcome: deforestation and the black market.

2009-09-30 15:39:04

The National Zoo in Washington said the departure of a 5,000-pound hippo for Milwaukee was handled discretely with a covered crate on a flatbed truck. Officials at the zoo said Happy the hippopotamus was trucked from the zoo Monday morning without any fanfare to avoid upsetting the animal during the 18-hour drive to Wisconsin's Milwaukee County Zoo, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. It wasn't in his interest to have him see out (of the crate), or to have anybody be able to see in,...

2009-06-18 17:00:22

One dad at the National Zoo in Washington -- a male rhea -- is learning that raising children gets easier as time goes on. The zoo's adult male rhea will be celebrating his second straight Father's Day with a brood of his own, having incubated and raised his charges once they were hatched, the zoo said in a news release Thursday. The four chicks, hatched May 8, are reaping the benefits of dad having a year of paternity under his wing.

2009-01-14 17:49:53

The National Zoo in Washington issued a public appeal Wednesday for bamboo after the food supply for the zoo's giant pandas became dangerously low. The zoo said bamboo supplies on its grounds did not regrow this year and the main consumers of the green stalks, giant pandas Tai Shan, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, collectively eat about 1,400 pounds of bamboo per week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Smaller amounts of bamboo are also consumed by raccoon-sized red pandas, elephants and...

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2008-12-11 12:50:00

An orangutan’s spontaneous whistling is providing scientists at Great Ape Trust of Iowa new insights into the evolution of speech and learning.


Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.