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Photo by Nikki Maticic, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“Kids’ Farm keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are mourning the loss of Rose–a 19-year-old female Hereford who was humanely euthanized July 25. Keepers had been monitoring Rose closely for several weeks after noticing a persistent cough and a reduction in her activity, mobility and appetite. Read More


photo by nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

Just a warning for people who park in Woodley/AdMo/Zoo areas. I parked my car Saturday evening on Adams Mill Rd NW and Harvard St NW, right near the Harvard Street entrance to the National Zoo. I came back Sunday and at least 3 other cars plus my own all had a flat tire on the front passenger sides of each car. Read More

via Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

Very sad news from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo this morning:

“Staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are devastated and mourning the loss of 25 American flamingos and one Northern pintail duck killed by a wild fox yesterday in the Zoo’s outdoor flamingo habitat. Three additional flamingos were injured and are being treated at the Zoo’s veterinary hospital.

In the early morning of May 2, Bird House staff arrived to discover the deceased flamingos and sighted a fox in the Zoo’s outdoor flamingo yards. The fox escaped the yard. The flock originally had 74 flamingos. The remaining flamingos were moved indoors to their barn and the ducks to a covered, secure outdoor space. Read More


photo by angela n.

From the Smithsonian:

Beginning Friday, March 11, the Smithsonian will no longer require visitors to wear a mask to visit its museums and the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit. This change reflects recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and national guidelines around masking indoors.

The Smithsonian will also begin a gradual transition to museums being open more days per week. Starting Monday, March 14, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo will be open to the public seven days a week. Read More


courtesy Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“For the first time in 16 years, Smithsonian’s National Zoo is celebrating the birth of golden-headed lion tamarin twins. Small Mammal House keepers reported for duty the morning of Oct. 7 and observed that 4-year-old mother Lola had given birth overnight and was caring for two infants. Read More


photo by Idit Knaan

From the Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs:

“We made the decision to not host the Zoo’s traditional Halloween or ZooLights events because we didn’t feel we could do them well for multiple reasons and within our COVID safety parameters. Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, staff and animals. We all feel hopeful that 2022 will bring new opportunities.”

From an email:

“The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will once again host its annual “Air & Scare” family day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Read More


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