Baby Panda Goes Outside for the First TimeJay Hathaway · 04/01/14 11:42AM
Snowy Owl That "Enchanted" Washington DC Hit By Washington DC BusKen Layne · 01/30/14 12:45PM
Lacey Donohue · 11/18/13 11:36PM
Baby Panda Is Female, Has Father in HouseholdTom Scocca · 09/05/13 09:17AM
How Did Rusty the Red Panda Escape? Don't Ask the National ZooTom Scocca · 06/28/13 01:05PM
The Smithsonian has sent out a press release purporting to update the public on this week's escape of Rusty, a red panda (Ailurus fulgens), from a supposedly secure enclosure at the National Zoo. It is a masterpiece of tautology and obfuscation, designed to conceal the fact that the zookeepers have no idea how an animal with a sub-three-inch brain got away from them.
Quick Someone Make a Twitter Account for This Fucking PandaJohn Cook · 06/24/13 10:57AM
Orangutans Will Soon Be Able to Sext Each OtherJordan Sargent · 01/23/13 12:16AM
Orangutans, they're just like us. No, really. Smithsonian.com's blog Around the Mall has a story today on apes at the museum's National Zoo that have been playing with iPads for recreation, using specially designed apps that allow six orangutans to make music, draw and play games to improve their cognitive skills. I'd note that the apes at the National Zoo are now literally more productive on a day-to-day basis than me, but they probably were even before they got the iPads.
But How Did Zoo Animals React to the Earthquake?Maureen O'Connor · 08/24/11 05:20PM
In what will surely be the greatest press release of ths week, the National Zoo offers a catalog of how various animals reacted to yesterday's earthquake. In it, we discover that the range of animal quake reactions is roughly the same as the range of human quake reactions, from startled shrieking to baleful hiding:
Unfortunately, Tron 3: Trees Was a Huge DisappointmentMax Read · 12/30/10 04:01AM
National Zoo's Lion Cubs On Live WebcamJeff Neumann · 09/05/10 02:48PM
American-Born Pandas to be Deported to China to MateMaureen O'Connor · 01/26/10 04:14AM
Baby Deer's Heroic Escape from Hungry Lion Caught on Tape—And Then, TragedyMaureen O'Connor · 11/09/09 12:46AM
After leaping over a fence at D.C.'s National Zoo, a small deer evaded capture by two hungry lions, drawing elated cheers and joyous tears from hundreds of onlookers. And then, they read the tale's horrible conclusion in today's Washington Post.