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Creative Spaces: Where the Wild Things Should Be

Rana Florida | Posted 07.15.2012 | Home
Rana Florida

Ron L. Kagan made international headlines when he voluntarily decided to relocate the Detroit Zoo's elephants to a better home, a sanctuary in California. How exotic animals experience life in captivity is determined by the home that zoos give them. Here are some of the things that make this experience much better for animals.

Bad News For Some Betty White Fans

Posted 05.13.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Are you a slowpoke RSVPer who's been hoping to see Betty White when she comes to the National Zoo next Friday? Bad luck. Almost as so...

LOOK: Sneak Peek At National Zoo's New Otters

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.11.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Where there was once two there are now 11. They're still really tiny. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is unveiling its 11 new Asian sm...

PHOTOS: Happy 75th Birthday, Small Mammal House

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 05.08.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian's National Zoo marked its 75th birthday on Tuesday. Home to a variety of rodents, insectivo...

PACHEYDERM PLAYA: This Elephant Has Quite An Ear For Music

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 07.02.2012 | Weird News

WASHINGTON — An elephant named Shanthi at the Smithsonian's National Zoo plays a harmonica with her trunk and appears to love doing it. Video r...

National Zoo Live Tweets Panda Insemination

Posted 04.30.2012 | Green

By Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer: Spring is in the air, and baby panda-making is in the minds of zookeepers at the Smithsonian's Natio...

WATCH: National Zoo's Miraculous Baby Ferrets

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.02.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Why yes, it is National Ferret Day. In honor, check out the National Zoo's supremely adorable Ferret Cam. The camera shows baby bl...

2 Rare Chicks Hatch At National Zoo

AP | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Zoo officials say two rare Guam rail chicks have hatched there. The birds are extinct in the wild. The sma...

Weekend To-Do: Valentine-Themed Storytelling, Naked Scavenger Hunts And Animal Mating Lectures

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 02.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The weekend of love is upon is! With Valentine's Day coming on next Tuesday, there's plenty of romantically-tinged events on tap for Sat...

Pre-Valentine's Day Romantic Tip: Head To 'Woo At The Zoo'

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- A perfect pre-Valentine's Day outing for the nerdy animal-lover in your life. Saturday marks the fourth annual "Woo at the Zoo" event...

National Zoo Gets Big Panda Donation (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- There's great news for panda fans: The Washington Post reports that the National Zoo's panda reproduction program will be receiving a $4...

Bright Lights, Holiday Sights At National Zoo (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 12.15.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Have you noticed the bright lights in Woodley Park? For the fifth year in a row, the Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting ZooLights, a ...

New Giant Pacific Octopus At The National Zoo (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.29.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- There's a new giant Pacific octopus at the National Zoo. Sadly, only kids age 5 to 15 can enter The Washington Post's contest to name t...

Weekend To-Do: ZooLights, Black Friday And Theater (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 11.24.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- For many, the next few days will be a marathon of turkey-gorging, family visits, leftover feasts and inevitable post-dinner comas. But f...

A Friendship With Hillary Clinton's Mother: The Influence of Mrs. Rodham

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Despite our multi-generation gap, we hit it off because we were both Gemini, she said. I visited her in Little Rock and she guided me down the cellar stairs, the wall lined with old pictures, each with a story.

National Zoo Sends Ferrets To 'Boot Camp'

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 11.28.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON — Animal keepers at the National Zoo's conservation center in Virginia sent 26 black-footed ferrets to "boot camp" Wednesday to prepa...

WATCH: Elephant Wows Researchers With Problem-Solving Skills

Posted 11.09.2011 | Green

Kandula, a nine-year-old Asian elephant at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C., has wowed researchers by pushing a box to crea...

D.C. Zoo Animals Felt The Quake First

WSJ | Christopher Shea | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green

By Christopher Shea of the Wall Street Journal I love these details, from the estimable Joel Achenbach, of the Washington Post: The first warnin...

National Zoo Panda Watch Ends In False Pregnancy

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Giant panda Mei Xiang kept people guessing for months, but National Zoo veterinarians determined Friday that she had failed to become pr...

Donation Of $1.4 Million Keeps Kids Farm Open At National Zoo

AP | Posted 09.19.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- State Farm Insurance is announcing a $1.4 million gift to the National Zoo to keep the popular Kids Farm exhibit open in Washington. A ...

16 Dirt Cheap Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2011

Lauren Elyse Matison | Posted 06.01.2011 | Green
Lauren Elyse Matison

Every April 22, we are reminded to do something good for the planet. The rest of the year, our relationship with Mother Earth might better resembl...

Spring In Washington, Where Cherry Blossoms Meet Lion Cubs

Millie Kerr | Posted 09.20.2011 | Travel
Millie Kerr


Rare Oryx, Extinct In Wild, Born At National Zoo

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — The National Zoo says a scimitar-horned oryx has been born at its conservation center in Virginia – the zoo's first suc...

False Pregnancy For Mei Xiang, National Zoo Panda

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The National Zoo says its female giant panda is not pregnant after all. The zoo says a final ultrasound and hormone analysis Tuesd...

Panda Tai Shan's Farewell Party (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The National Zoo's treasure, giant panda Tai Shan, is departing for China on Feb. 4, and the Washington, D.C. zoo made sure to send him off in style, ...