Latest Smithsonian National Zoological Park Stories

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...

2008-09-02 16:58:09

Black-footed ferrets at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have birthed two kits sired by males who died in 1999 and 2000.

2008-09-03 09:30:00

Smithsonian scientists use frozen semen to help save endangered species

2008-08-13 15:00:36

Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, won't be giving birth to a cub this year as initially thought, zoo staff say.

2008-08-01 12:00:47

By Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Aug. 1--The Minnesota Zoo is celebrating a significant conservation accomplishment with the birth of its first Asian wild horse since 1988.

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Gainesville Daily Register, Texas Jul. 24--The Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville is participating in a week of thank-yous to its staff. National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week began Sunday -- the second year of the recognition week.

2008-07-06 15:00:18

By Julie M. Mckinnon, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio Jul. 6--THE RHINO WITH GLUE-ON SHOES, AND OTHER SURPRISING TRUE STORIES OF ZOO VETS AND THEIR PATIENTS. Edited by Lucy H. Spelman and Ted Y. Mashima. Delacorte Press. 336 pages. $22.

2008-06-24 15:02:45

Scientists at the U.S. National Zoo say it might be mid- or late July before they can definitely determine if giant panda Mei Xian is pregnant.

2008-06-24 02:29:55

U.S. veterinarians at the Smithsonian's National Zoo say they have performed the first reverse vasectomy on an endangered equine species. The procedure was performed on a Przewalski's horse. That species, native to China and Mongolia, was declared extinct in the wild in 1970.

Word of the Day
  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
The word 'coruscant' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to flash' or 'to sparkle'.