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Twitter: @NationalZoo #WeSaveSpecies Welcome to our page! Please feel free to share thoughts about our posts, ask us questions, or tell us about your visit. We hope you’ll contribute to this interactive forum and to our ongoing conversation about the work we do to provide engaging experiences with our living collection and to ultimately save species. While on-topic discussion is encourage

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🎖️🐢Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in the world! Native to the southern United States, mal...
07/28/2021

🎖️🐢Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in the world! Native to the southern United States, males can weigh up to 200 pounds and have a carapace as long as 📏31 inches. That's roughly as heavy as a refrigerator, but compacted down to 2.5 feet long!

🎖️🐢Alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in the world! Native to the southern United States, males can weigh up to 200 pounds and have a carapace as long as 📏31 inches. That's roughly as heavy as a refrigerator, but compacted down to 2.5 feet long!

🦐💦Scooping up prey from shallow water, roseate spoonbills are known for their distinctive spoon-shaped🥄 bill and pink💗 p...
07/27/2021

🦐💦Scooping up prey from shallow water, roseate spoonbills are known for their distinctive spoon-shaped🥄 bill and pink💗 plumage. It is thought that these birds get their bright coloring from the pigments of their crustacean prey.

🦐💦Scooping up prey from shallow water, roseate spoonbills are known for their distinctive spoon-shaped🥄 bill and pink💗 plumage. It is thought that these birds get their bright coloring from the pigments of their crustacean prey.

07/27/2021
Newly Named Ferret Kits Play with Enrichment

🥳💕Our black-footed ferret kits have received their names! Thank you to everyone who voted. Keepers note this is a great time for names, as the kits' personalities are starting to show. After 6,700+ votes across three polling platforms, the kits' names are…🥁🥁🥁 STORY: https://s.si.edu/3kWPc71.

🥇🦊Fennec foxes set records in the canid family! At 14 to 16 inches long, they are smallest member of canid family, but h...
07/26/2021

🥇🦊Fennec foxes set records in the canid family! At 14 to 16 inches long, they are smallest member of canid family, but have the largest ears relative to their body size.
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📏👂🏜️Fennec foxes are also the palest of all foxes, giving them excellent camouflage in their desert home!

🥇🦊Fennec foxes set records in the canid family! At 14 to 16 inches long, they are smallest member of canid family, but have the largest ears relative to their body size.
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📏👂🏜️Fennec foxes are also the palest of all foxes, giving them excellent camouflage in their desert home!

07/25/2021
#NatZooZen: Gorillas Moke and Kibibi Wrestle

❤️🦍 In a playful wrestling match between western lowland gorillas Moke + Kibibi, everyone wins. This special moment was filmed by primate keeper Erin Stromberg as she was making her rounds behind the scenes at the Great Ape House. 🔊👂 Turn up the volume and listen for low, breathy, staccato vocalizations—that is what gorilla laughter sounds like!
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#NatZooZen

🦁🐾🔴🐯 Lions, tigers, cheetahs and bobcats – let’s play! Keepers Katy Juliano, Adri Kopp and Amber Dedrick know how to get...
07/24/2021
Pouncing On Enrichment: Stories from Real-Life Zoo Guardians

🦁🐾🔴🐯 Lions, tigers, cheetahs and bobcats – let’s play! Keepers Katy Juliano, Adri Kopp and Amber Dedrick know how to get the big cats they work with pouncing, roaring and purring for enrichment. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/38LWEvl.
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Lions, tigers, cheetahs and bobcats – let’s play! Keepers Katy Juliano, Adri Kopp and Amber Dedrick know how to get the big cats they work with pouncing, roaring and purring for enrichment.

🐦🎵 🥚The spring and summer months are a chorus of songbird calls and songs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instit...
07/23/2021

🐦🎵 🥚The spring and summer months are a chorus of songbird calls and songs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. As the breeding season begins, staff prepare artificial nest boxes for birds that will find mates, compete for real estate, build nests, incubate eggs and care for chicks over the course of the summer. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3yYE525.
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🐦🎵 🥚The spring and summer months are a chorus of songbird calls and songs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. As the breeding season begins, staff prepare artificial nest boxes for birds that will find mates, compete for real estate, build nests, incubate eggs and care for chicks over the course of the summer. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3yYE525.
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#NZKW2021

07/23/2021
Black-Footed Ferret Kits at 2 Weeks Old

❤️You’ve watched our black-footed ferret family on the webcam—now, you can help us name them! Cast your vote once per day on the Zoo’s website to name our female kit, and learn how to help name her brothers, too. 🗳️ VOTE online + in Zoo Guardians: https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz.

🦅 With a 6-foot wingspan, sharp talons and an intimidating stare, bald eagles are majestic birds. Meet Tioga and Annie—b...
07/23/2021
Caring for Bald Eagles: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian

🦅 With a 6-foot wingspan, sharp talons and an intimidating stare, bald eagles are majestic birds. Meet Tioga and Annie—both of whom were injured in the wild and rescued—at Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail. Swoop into their care and conservation with animal keeper Ashley Graham. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/2UiMWf7.
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With a 6-foot wingspan, sharp talons and an intimidating stare, bald eagles are majestic birds. Meet Tioga and Annie—both of whom were injured in the wild and rescued—at Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s American Trail. Swoop into their care and conservation with animal keeper Ashley Graham.

🐼🦩🐱 How do you create a menu that is pleasing to the palates of giant pandas, flamingos and fishing cats? With more than...
07/22/2021

🐼🦩🐱 How do you create a menu that is pleasing to the palates of giant pandas, flamingos and fishing cats? With more than 2,700 mouths to feed among 390 species, our Department of Nutrition Science whips up science-based bites for the Zoo’s carnivores, herbivores and everyone in between. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/2TAu3Uh.
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🐼🦩🐱 How do you create a menu that is pleasing to the palates of giant pandas, flamingos and fishing cats? With more than 2,700 mouths to feed among 390 species, our Department of Nutrition Science whips up science-based bites for the Zoo’s carnivores, herbivores and everyone in between. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/2TAu3Uh.
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#NZKW2021

🥳🐼🎂 Happy 23rd birthday, Mei Xiang! Our giant panda mom and her son, Xiao Qi Ji, celebrated with a magnificent fruitsicl...
07/22/2021

🥳🐼🎂 Happy 23rd birthday, Mei Xiang! Our giant panda mom and her son, Xiao Qi Ji, celebrated with a magnificent fruitsicle cake, made by the Zoo's talented Department of Nutrition Science team. The tiers are made of diluted pineapple juice and garnished with pineapples, kiwis, apples, pears, pumpkin and fiber biscuits.

🥳🐼🎂 Happy 23rd birthday, Mei Xiang! Our giant panda mom and her son, Xiao Qi Ji, celebrated with a magnificent fruitsicle cake, made by the Zoo's talented Department of Nutrition Science team. The tiers are made of diluted pineapple juice and garnished with pineapples, kiwis, apples, pears, pumpkin and fiber biscuits.

❤️🤔 Which ‘American prairie’ name suits our male black-footed ferret kit: Aspen, Cottonwood or Falco? Vote by downloadin...
07/22/2021

❤️🤔 Which ‘American prairie’ name suits our male black-footed ferret kit: Aspen, Cottonwood or Falco? Vote by downloading + playing our free mobile game, Zoo Guardians! 📲 VOTE: https://smarturl.it/BFFNaming
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Help us name his sister, too! 🗳️ VOTE https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz

❤️🤔 Which ‘American prairie’ name suits our male black-footed ferret kit: Aspen, Cottonwood or Falco? Vote by downloading + playing our free mobile game, Zoo Guardians! 📲 VOTE: https://smarturl.it/BFFNaming
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Help us name his sister, too! 🗳️ VOTE https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz

🦧Swing into caring for orangutans with primate keeper and real-life zoo guardian, Emily Bricker! Emily works with a vari...
07/22/2021
Caring for Orangutans: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian

🦧Swing into caring for orangutans with primate keeper and real-life zoo guardian, Emily Bricker! Emily works with a variety of primates, from siamangs, lemurs and swamp monkeys to western lowland gorillas and orangutans. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3eIUfTr.
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Swing along with primate keeper Emily Bricker as she shares her stories about caring for orangutans, Zoo Guardians’ November Animal of the Month.

❤️🐻 Hip hip hooray, it’s Andean Bear Day! To celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite facts about them. Boost your ...
07/21/2021
Happy Andean Bear Day!

❤️🐻 Hip hip hooray, it’s Andean Bear Day! To celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite facts about them. Boost your bear IQ and learn what makes these animals charming, charismatic and unique! ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3isKriF.
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#AndeanBearDay #AndeanBearSAFE

Hip hip hooray, it’s Andean Bear Day! To celebrate, we're sharing some of our favorite facts about them. Boost your bear IQ and learn what makes them charming, charismatic and unique!

❤️🤔 Does our female black-footed ferret look like a Prairie Rose, Aster or Americana? Choose your fav name once a day th...
07/21/2021

❤️🤔 Does our female black-footed ferret look like a Prairie Rose, Aster or Americana? Choose your fav name once a day through July 25! 🗳️ VOTE: https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz
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♂️📲 Play our mobile game Zoo Guardians + help us name her brother, too! https://smarturl.it/BFFNaming

❤️🤔 Does our female black-footed ferret look like a Prairie Rose, Aster or Americana? Choose your fav name once a day through July 25! 🗳️ VOTE: https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz
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♂️📲 Play our mobile game Zoo Guardians + help us name her brother, too! https://smarturl.it/BFFNaming

🐱👋 Meet Cheese, Ollie + Yoda! Animal keeper (and real-life Zoo Guardian) Kaleigh Shaw shares how the Great Cats team car...
07/21/2021
Caring for Bobcats: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian

🐱👋 Meet Cheese, Ollie + Yoda! Animal keeper (and real-life Zoo Guardian) Kaleigh Shaw shares how the Great Cats team cares for our three bobcats in this short + sweet "tail." ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3kYUgFG.
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#NZKW2021

Get the extended ‘tail’ of what goes into caring Zoo Guardians' March animal of the month and the Zoo's three bobcats, straight from a Animal Keeper and real-life Zoo Guardian, Kaleigh Shaw!

❤️ You’ve watched our black-footed ferret kits grow. Now, help us name them! 🗳️ VOTE: https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz. . . .🤔 W...
07/20/2021

❤️ You’ve watched our black-footed ferret kits grow. Now, help us name them! 🗳️ VOTE: https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz.
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🤔 What should we call Potpie’s 2-month-old kits? Each name option, chosen by keepers, reflects the ferrets’ significance to the North American Prairie.
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♀️💻 Vote for the female kit on the Zoo’s website once per day through July 25.
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♂️📲Name a male kit in @ZooGuardians! Download our mobile game for free in the App Store or Google Play. The invitation will be in your mailbox at ZooIQ Level 2!
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♂️📧 Smithsonian’s National Zoo Members have a chance to name our second male kit! The link is in the July 20 e-newsletter.
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🥳 Polls are open July 20 to 25. The winning names will be announced July 27!

❤️ You’ve watched our black-footed ferret kits grow. Now, help us name them! 🗳️ VOTE: https://s.si.edu/3hRWabz.
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🤔 What should we call Potpie’s 2-month-old kits? Each name option, chosen by keepers, reflects the ferrets’ significance to the North American Prairie.
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♀️💻 Vote for the female kit on the Zoo’s website once per day through July 25.
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♂️📲Name a male kit in @ZooGuardians! Download our mobile game for free in the App Store or Google Play. The invitation will be in your mailbox at ZooIQ Level 2!
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♂️📧 Smithsonian’s National Zoo Members have a chance to name our second male kit! The link is in the July 20 e-newsletter.
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🥳 Polls are open July 20 to 25. The winning names will be announced July 27!

🦥 Slow down with our southern two-toed sloths! Keeper Kara Ingraham works with Athena and Vlad in the Small Mammal House...
07/19/2021
Caring for Sloths: Stories from Real-Life Zoo Guardians

🦥 Slow down with our southern two-toed sloths! Keeper Kara Ingraham works with Athena and Vlad in the Small Mammal House, and keeper Denny Charlton tends to Howie in Amazonia. Find out what it takes to care for these unique animals. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3uNyVlX.
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#NZKW2021

Slow down with Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s three southern two-toed sloths. Keeper Kara Ingraham works with Athena and Vlad in the Small Mammal House, and keeper Denny Charlton tends to Howie in Amazonia. Find out what it takes to care for these unique animals!

🐅🐸🦅🐊🦧🐼 Happy National Zookeeper Week to the dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for the animals in our care!...
07/19/2021

🐅🐸🦅🐊🦧🐼 Happy National Zookeeper Week to the dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for the animals in our care! All week long, we'll be sharing stories of how these real-life zoo guardians are making a difference for wildlife. Thank you, keepers, for all that you do!
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#NZKW2021

🌡️🌳🌲Rising climate temperatures cause forests to grow at different altitudes, resulting in a shift and shrink of habitat...
07/18/2021
Asiatic black bear habitat to shrink by area the size of Belgium

🌡️🌳🌲Rising climate temperatures cause forests to grow at different altitudes, resulting in a shift and shrink of habitat.🌲🐻Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute biologist Melissa Songer, along with an international team of scientists, predict Asiatic black bears' habitat could shrink by nearly 11,200 square miles — or an area about the size of Belgium — by 2100. The Third Pole interviewed Songer about these vulnerable bears' future. 📝READ MORE: https://bit.ly/3yPslho

Nearly 30,000 square kilometres of habitat suitable for the Asiatic black bear could be lost across the Himalayan region, researchers predict

🌿 Munch away! American bison are herbivores, eating a variety of grasses, flowering plants, lichen and woody plant leave...
07/17/2021

🌿 Munch away! American bison are herbivores, eating a variety of grasses, flowering plants, lichen and woody plant leaves. During breeding season, breeding males become so protective of their chosen females that they don’t spend as much time eating and may lose more than 200 pounds!
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🍎📷Chomp down on animal diets in @ZooGuardians Photo Mode, which uses augmented reality! 📲#ZooGuardians is free to download on Apple and Android devices: https://bit.ly/3nJXyNE
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#NationalBisonMonth

🌿 Munch away! American bison are herbivores, eating a variety of grasses, flowering plants, lichen and woody plant leaves. During breeding season, breeding males become so protective of their chosen females that they don’t spend as much time eating and may lose more than 200 pounds!
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🍎📷Chomp down on animal diets in @ZooGuardians Photo Mode, which uses augmented reality! 📲#ZooGuardians is free to download on Apple and Android devices: https://bit.ly/3nJXyNE
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#NationalBisonMonth

🐍 Meet the non-venomous eastern indigo snake! They eat deadly snakes like cottonmouths for breakfast. Celebrate #WorldSn...
07/16/2021

🐍 Meet the non-venomous eastern indigo snake! They eat deadly snakes like cottonmouths for breakfast. Celebrate #WorldSnakeDay by learning about these seriously amazing reptiles. ✏️FUN FACTS: https://s.si.edu/2JYKX4F.

🐍 Meet the non-venomous eastern indigo snake! They eat deadly snakes like cottonmouths for breakfast. Celebrate #WorldSnakeDay by learning about these seriously amazing reptiles. ✏️FUN FACTS: https://s.si.edu/2JYKX4F.

🌈 🐍 Seeing rainbows? Brazilian rainbow boas have soft, iridescent skin. The tiny ridges on their scales act as prisms to...
07/16/2021

🌈 🐍 Seeing rainbows? Brazilian rainbow boas have soft, iridescent skin. The tiny ridges on their scales act as prisms to refract light and create a rainbow-colored effect! #WorldSnakeDay

🌈 🐍 Seeing rainbows? Brazilian rainbow boas have soft, iridescent skin. The tiny ridges on their scales act as prisms to refract light and create a rainbow-colored effect! #WorldSnakeDay

Cher Ami is possibly the most famous pigeon in the world, having come into the limelight after World War I for service w...
07/16/2021
He? She? Or just plain Cher Ami? Solving a century-old pigeon mystery

Cher Ami is possibly the most famous pigeon in the world, having come into the limelight after World War I for service with the U.S. Army Signal Corps’ Pigeon Service. But the bird’s s*x was a mystery—was Cher Ami a he or she?
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With samples taken from the National Museum of American History, researches from our Center for Conservation Genomics and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History helped put the question about our dear feathered friend to rest, once and for all. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3z7BaDw.

This summer marks the centennial of a bird—possibly the most famous pigeon in history—going on display at the Smithsonian. A representative of Columba livia domestica, this bird is known as simply Cher Ami. Since Cher Ami first went on display, the pigeon's s*x has remained a source of debate. T...

07/15/2021
#NatZooZen: Here’s Lookin’ At You, Redd

🦧❤️ Here’s lookin’ at you, Redd! Our curious 4-year-old orangutan took a moment to “supervise” primate keeper Erin Stromberg while she worked behind the scenes. 👋 Wave hello to Redd and all our orangutans at Great Ape House + Think Tank!
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#NatZooZen

How do scientists help predict and address infectious disease outbreaks, even before they begin? Saving the planet start...
07/14/2021
Smithsonian Global Health Director Delivers Government Testimony on Zoonotic Diseases

How do scientists help predict and address infectious disease outbreaks, even before they begin? Saving the planet starts with building strong partnerships that begin with shared goals and developing trust. Read Smithsonian Global Health Program director Dr. Suzan Murray’s Congressional testimony on the importance of building a healthy global community. LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/3xFJ5rd.

Dr. Suzan Murray, director of the Smithsonian Global Health Program, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on zoonotic diseases and outbreak investigations.

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Please check panda cam 2 ... the big panda seems to have its leg stuck in the rocks and can’t move and is calling out.
Yesterday, it's been a year since I was permanently dismissed as the best carousel worker they ever had for the last six years. I had some good memories working at the carousel, that I'll always treasure. Enjoying watching people enjoying themselves on the carousel, met a few famous people, taking pictures for and with them, and working at zoo event(except zoolights) Thank you national zoo for everything! #coreythecarouselman
12:20 Tiger in lion camp, nice to see👍
Where are the young Cheetah's. Not in their den on camera???
Fox in Elephant house, seen at 10:38 your camera time. Not a care in the world, nor afraid of the elephant inside.
Hi! My wife and I are FONZ members, and we typically go to the Zoo 8-10 times per year. But not in 2020. With the COVID crisis, we and everyone else had to stay away, so we got to wondering what the animals thought about that. My wife had the idea to decorate our holiday tree about our COVID life in 2020... including a big part about the National Zoo. I made a video of our "tree," which you can watch on YouTube. Be sure to watch the Zoo segment:
https://youtu.be/JIVarN_3Uqg 🐍Green tree pythons live up to 35 years! 🐍They have heat sensing pits underneath their lower lips. 🐍Found throughout the eastern rainforests of Cape York in Australia and Papua New Guinea, these emerald-green reptiles are the definition of beautiful. 🐍Their green and yellow colors make them perfectly suited to life spent camouflaged in the rainforest trees. 🐍Green tree pythons are sadly endangered because they’ve been collected for the illegal pet trade and of course they don’t make good pets. 🐍Adult green tree pythons spend most of their lives in trees. They sleep and hunt for food high above the ground. 🐍They are constrictors who squeeze their food before they eat it and green tree pythons are non-venomous. Wishing the National Zoo a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! #pythonmonth #25daysofChristmas #reptiles #snakes #animals #conservation #nature #education #protectwhatyoulove
Just got our momma and baby panda plush delivered yesterday. I cant wait to give it to our son for his 8th birthday.
Laurie, Qi Ji would be a good nick name for our new baby. Easy to say.
Is the Giant Panda cam down in the den? Any idea when to expect it back up and running? Thx!
Clicked on the link to go select our vote for the name for the baby panda but there is nowhere on the site (where it takes you) to vote on the name.