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The Dizzying Zoo Debacle

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 02.10.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The past week has presented the world with three more examples of botched zoo management, which fit into the dizzying array of issues regarding wildlife captivity, zoo safety, and the protection of both people and animals.

When Bei Bei's In Trouble, His Mom Comes To The Rescue

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 02.09.2016 | Good News

Bei Bei the panda has quickly become the nation's most adorable obsession. So far, we've seen him sleepily greet the press, wave to his adoring fans a...

WATCH: Adorable Panda Cub Bei Bei Makes A Very Sleepy Public Debut

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.20.2016 | Science

Bei Bei is kind of a big deal. But he just doesn't care. The adorable giant panda cub fell asleep -- once again -- during his official public debut at...

Bei Bei The Baby Panda Waves To Adoring Fans, Panda-monium Ensues

The Huffington Post | Chloe Fox | Posted 01.09.2016 | Good News

Bei Bei, the insanely adorable giant panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was without a doubt the most important birth of 2015. (Sorry, ...

Meet The Woman In Charge Of Making Sure Zoo Animals Have Fun

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 09.08.2015 | OWN

As told to Sarah Z. Wexler Stimulus Package "My title is animal keeper and chair of the Enrichment and Training Committee at the Smithsonian's Nationa...

Happy Birthday, Bao Bao! 10 Great Moments From A Giant Panda's First Year

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green

Bao Bao was just a few ounces when she was born, on Aug. 23, 2013. Now the National Zoo's panda cub is about 40 pounds -- and it's been so fun watchin...

Is It Wrong For Zoo Restaurants To Serve Meat?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green

Is it weird to eat a hamburger at the same zoo where you just pet a cow, or cooed over a panda? It's natural to wonder about zoos and ethics after ...

Boy With Asperger's Finds Friend In Zoo's Sea Lion

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.02.2014 | Good News

It's clear that this little boy is having one fantastic day, hanging out with a frisky, friendly sea lion at the National Zoo: "This is the bes...

So, If A Deer Can Get Into The Cheetah Enclosure, Does That Mean The Cheetahs Can Get Out?

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Last week, the National Zoo's cheetah siblings Carmelita and Justin got a post-Christmas treat when a hapless deer hopped into their enclosure. Zoo...

This Is The Reason For Recent Animal Deaths At National Zoo, Director Says

Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

The director of the National Zoo told the Washington Post that recent issues with exotic animals at the facility, including a spate of recent deaths, ...

All Of The Lights

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Want a surefire way to brighten your holiday season this year? Some of the best zoos around the country are upping the merrymaking ante. Here's a look at some of the best of the bunch.

Zebra Bites Zookeeper, Then Things Get Even Worse

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green

Let's hope your week started off better than this. A rare gazelle named after a fitness guru died at the National Zoo on Monday. Zookeepers think t...

We're Head Over Paws In Love With These Tiger Cubs

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green

The Smithsonian National Zoo's 15-week-old Sumatran tiger cubs, Sukacita and Bandar, made their public debut Monday and showed that two tiger cubs are...

The National Zoo Becomes The Happiest Spot In Washington As It Reopens After The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

In a city bruised by the fierce partisan battles of the last few weeks, happiness abounded Friday as the Smithsonian National Zoo in Northwest Washing...

Panda Cam Shut Off!

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.01.2013 | DC
Jeff Danziger


Amanda Terkel

'Stupid Government' Shuts Down Zoo, Angering Tourists | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo usually gets up and running around 10 a.m., as visitors roll in to see the elephants, cheetahs and, of course, the belo...

The Government Might Shut Down, But Your Social Life Doesn't Have To

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 09.30.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- If the federal government shuts down at midnight, it's not just federal workers who will feel the effects. Tourists visiting Washington,...

PHOTOS: The National Zoo's OTHER Babies

Posted 08.27.2013 | Green

The National Zoo's baby panda has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the zoo's other new residents are still pretty adorable. These precoc...

We Have A Cub!!!

Posted 08.23.2013 | Green

Congratulations to Mei Xiang and the National Zoo on the new panda baby! A cub is born! First photo of the cub, born today at 5:32 p.m. pic.twitter...

PHOTOS: Adorable Newborn Cubs In D.C. Zoo

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.08.2013 | Green

Get ready to say "awww." Ready? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Two Sumatran tiger cubs were born August 5 at th...

WATCH: Awww, Fishing Cat Kitten Plays With Mom In Pool

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.01.2013 | Green

We thought the Smithsonian National Zoo's fishing cat kitten couldn't get much cuter than the time he was weighed in a bowl -- but we were wrong. ...


The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 07.23.2013 | DC

Here's something to keep you occupied while you wait for the royal baby: the Smithsonian National Zoo's panda cams are back! The two cameras, whic...

PHOTOS: Zoo Animals Cool Off

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 07.19.2013 | DC

It's hot enough outside as a human -- imagine if you were a three-ton elephant or a hairy Giant Panda! Keepers at Smithsonian's National Zoo emplo...

Drinking Beer, For Rusty

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.12.2013 | DC

There were fake mustaches galore, temporary tattoos, plenty of beer and, of course, prairie dogs. This was not an animal-themed hipster party, but ...

Get Your Tix: Brew At The Zoo Event On July 11

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 06.27.2013 | DC

It's not really socially acceptable to drink beer and act like a monkey. Unless you're at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Brew at the Zoo event -- a...