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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.

2011-04-20 00:00:30

One year later, America’s leading zoos and aquariums are continuing rehabilitation and research efforts to help wildlife impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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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.

2010-01-22 12:55:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- IT'S PANDAMONIUM!!! Literally. So the word is out about Lilly Pulitzer's first ever black and white print (with shots of shocking pink, of course).

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.

2009-05-03 14:44:27

Behavioral changes exhibited by the Washington National Zoo's giant female panda have put zoologists on a pregnancy alert, officials said. Detecting changes in her actions and hormones, zoo officials are cautiously optimistic Mei Xiang might be pregnant.

2009-05-02 21:40:16

Giving a panda at the National Zoo in Washington a colonoscopy was a complicated procedure involving 10 employees, zoo officials said. Tai Shan, born at the zoo almost four years ago, needed the colonoscopy to determine whether he had recovered from eosinophilic colitis, which he developed last year, The Washington Post reported Saturday. The panda had to fast for a day before the procedure Friday.

2009-03-01 13:55:57

The National Zoo says an elephant shrew was born and resided at the Washington tourist site for several weeks before zoo staff finally noticed it. The zoo said in a statement that Small Mammal House workers did not know it had been born until they saw three elephant shrews in the exhibit instead of two, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The infant shrew, which mammal house keepers estimate was likely born sometime in late January, has been enjoying a steady diet of crickets since being...


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'.