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02/28/2021
#NatZooZen: Meet the Panamanian Golden Frog

🐸👅🦟 Panamanian golden frogs get their toxins from the insects they eat in the wild. The Reptile Discovery Center’s frogs are not fed those insects and, therefore, are safe for keepers and researchers to handle.
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🐆🐆Cheetah cubs Jabari, Hasani, Amabala and Erindi are growing up! 🐆At almost 11 months old, their personalities are shin...
02/27/2021
Cubdate #17: Get to Know the Cubs

🐆🐆Cheetah cubs Jabari, Hasani, Amabala and Erindi are growing up! 🐆At almost 11 months old, their personalities are shinning through, they're testing their limits and making great progress in husbandry training. 🐆✏️Get to know the cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in this all new #CheetahCubdate: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news/cubdate-17-get-know-cubs

At almost 11 months old, our cheetah cubs' personalities are shining! See Jabari, Hasani, Erindi and Amabala in the snow, and get an update on their training.

❄️🐻Dig it! Female polar bears dig into snowdrifts to create dens for their cubs. 🌨️These dens protect the cubs from the ...
02/27/2021

❄️🐻Dig it! Female polar bears dig into snowdrifts to create dens for their cubs. 🌨️These dens protect the cubs from the harsh Arctic environment! ❄️📸 Celebrate #InternationalPolarBearDay by adopting a polar bear in @ZooGuardians and snapping an awesome research photo with AR mode.
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Don’t have #ZooGuardians yet? Don’t worry - you can download the game for free from Google Play and the Apple App Store: https://bit.ly/3nJXyNE

🦌 Lesser kudu brothers Kushukuru and Toba are growing up! Keep up with the kudu  (and check out more family portraits 📸)...
02/25/2021
Keeping Up with the Lesser Kudu Family

🦌 Lesser kudu brothers Kushukuru and Toba are growing up! Keep up with the kudu (and check out more family portraits 📸) in this update from the Cheetah Conservation Station team. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/2P2CaHb.

The lesser kudu family is growing up! Kushukuru turned 2 years old Jan. 12, and Toba turned 1 year old in October 2020. Find out what’s happening with the lesser kudu in this Q&A.

❤️🦓 Our 7-month-old Hartmann's mountain zebra, Yipes, is becoming much more like his dad: rambunctious and goofy! Catch ...
02/23/2021
Snow and Stripes: A Zebra Update

❤️🦓 Our 7-month-old Hartmann's mountain zebra, Yipes, is becoming much more like his dad: rambunctious and goofy! Catch up with our colt in Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute keeper Tara Buk's latest update. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3rPhMaL.
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#WeSaveSpecies

On Feb. 2, our youngest zebra, Yipes, turned 7 months old. It is hard to believe that he is already a juvenile! Over the past few months, we have seen him become much more rambunctious and goofy like his father, Rogan.

02/22/2021
#NatZooZen: Meet the Emperor Newt

⛰️🦎 What’s in a name? The emperor newt’s moniker comes from the Mandarin words "shan" (mountain) and "jing" (spirit or demon). This highly toxic amphibian lives only in the mountains along a handful of rivers in western China. During the breeding season, they live in water fields, like rice paddies, ponds or humid grasslands.
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02/21/2021
#NatZooZen: Roar-Barks From Maned Wolves Mateo and Quito

🦊🔊 During maned wolf breeding season, Cheetah Conservation Station’s male maned wolves, Mateo and Quito, “roar bark” at dawn and dusk. In the wild, this call lets a wolf’s mate know where they are and warns other wolves to stay away.
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🌎 The maned wolf is the largest canid of South America. It looks more like a long-legged fox than a wolf. Genetic studies show that it is neither fox nor true wolf, but a distinct species!
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02/20/2021
#NatZooZen: How to Keep Flamingos Warm in Winter

🌞🦩 In warm climates, flamingos keep cool by standing in water. The cool water temperature cools the blood coming up to the bird’s body from its legs and feet.
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❄️🦩 Bird House keepers apply this natural thermoregulation to keep our flock warm in the winter, too! The flamingo pool is heated to 70 degrees Fahrenheit to keep the birds comfortable—even when it’s snowing!
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🌨🦩When the forecast calls for ice and freezing rain, however, the flock stays indoors. If ice crystals stay on the birds’ bodies, they may not be able to maintain their optimal temperature.
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❄️🔅🏜️ With so much snow, lets’ go somewhere warm for a moment! Screaming hairy armadillos prefer dry habitats, like a sa...
02/20/2021

❄️🔅🏜️ With so much snow, lets’ go somewhere warm for a moment! Screaming hairy armadillos prefer dry habitats, like a sandy desert or a savannah. The key is sandy soil for these armadillos to burrow into! 🏜️ ☀️☃️Hot or cold, Zoo Guardians can bring your zoo animals to life! 🐧🐻📲 Experience virtual zoo animals in your house🏡 or yard when you download #ZooGuardians for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store: https://bit.ly/3nJXyNE

🐆How the years sprint by! Join us in celebrating a decade of success with the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Insti...
02/19/2021
The Decade’s Top 5 Spot-acular Cheetah Program Milestones

🐆How the years sprint by! Join us in celebrating a decade of success with the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute's cheetah breeding program!
🎂 Last December, the first cub born at SCBI celebrated his 10th birthday and in April, our latest litter will celebrate their first!🥳 🐆Take a look at the top 5 most spot-acular accomplishments over the years: https://s.si.edu/3jX9k6i

In December 2020, Smithsonian's Conservation and Biology Institute's cheetah breeding program celebrated a decade of success. Take a look at the top five most spot-acular accomplishments over the years!

02/19/2021
#NatZooZen: Snow Day with Red Pandas Asa and Chris-Anne

❄️🐾 Tackles, tumbles and twitters. Happy snow day from our romping red pandas, Asa and Chris-Anne! (Sound ON 🔊)
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🏔️ Did you know that red pandas have fuzzy feet? It's true—their footpads are covered in fur! They are built to withstand the snow in the high-altitude, temperate forests of the Himalayas. 🌨️
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#NatZooZen #SnowDay

02/19/2021
#PandaStory: Giant Panda Cub Xiao Qi Ji's First Time in the Yard

🐼 🌎 Before #Perseverance was making tracks on Mars, giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji was venturing somewhere he had never gone before: his outdoor habitat. Get the scoop on our little cub’s travels in the panda team’s latest update. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3biEaSX.
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📧❤️ Get pandas in your inbox! Sign up for the Giant Panda Bulletin: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/email.
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#PandaStory #PandaCubdates

02/18/2021
#NatZooZen: Lunchtime With Brown Kiwi Pip

Lunchtime at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute! Ready to rustle up some grub with brown kiwi Pip? Kiwi bills are unique among birds in that the nares are at the tip. Pip sniffs out food by plunging his bill into some enrichment kong toys in search of his favorite prey—earthworms!
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02/17/2021
Smithsonian Science How Webinar: Reptile Discovery Center Virtual Tour with Kyle Miller from the National Zoo

💚🦎 Have a soft spot for scaly creatures that slither and slunk? Us too! Join keeper Kyle Miller on a virtual field trip behind-the-scenes at the Reptile Discovery Center to meet our new Komodo dragon named Onyx, a shingleback skink + a leopard gecko! 🎥 https://s.si.edu/3u8g2uX.

Join Kyle Miller from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on a virtual field trip to meet lizards at the Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center! Kyle explains lizards’ special adaptations for survival and then handles and shows a skink, gecko, and a baby Komodo dragon! Kyle shares how he got interested in ...

Jump into discovering Bennett’s wallabies with real-life Zoo Guardian and animal keeper Esther Wray. ✏️CARING FOR WALLAB...
02/17/2021
Caring for Wallabies: Stories from a Real-Life Zoo Guardian

Jump into discovering Bennett’s wallabies with real-life Zoo Guardian and animal keeper Esther Wray. ✏️CARING FOR WALLABIES: https://s.si.edu/3jyFCEE
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🦘Hopping with excitement about wallabies? Check out their larger relative, the red kangaroo, in the Zoo’s mobile game, Zoo Guardians! 📲#ZooGuardians is free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Hop into caring for and discovering new things about Bennett's wallabies with real-life Zoo Guardian and animal keeper Esther Wray!

🦛💙Shower hippopotamuses with love! In Greek, “hippopotamus” means “river horse,” 💦 which is appropriate since a hippo wi...
02/16/2021

🦛💙Shower hippopotamuses with love! In Greek, “hippopotamus” means “river horse,” 💦 which is appropriate since a hippo will spend up to 16 hours each day in the water. 📱🦛While your virtual hippo on Zoo Guardians won’t use up all your bath water, 📷 you can bring one to life in your home using AR mode!
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🦛📲 Adopt your own (virtual) hippo today when you download #ZooGuardians for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store: https://bit.ly/3nJXyNE

02/15/2021
#NatZooZen: Rock n' (un)Roll with Redd!

🦧🎵 Who's ready to Rock n' (un)Roll?! Primate keepers recently gave our 4-year-old Bornean orangutan Redd a roll of brown butcher paper to unfurl for enrichment. The crinkling of the paper made for some pretty powerful percussion! (Sound ON 🔊)
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02/14/2021
#NatZooZen: Happy Valentine’s Day! 💚🦜

💚🦜 Happy Valentine’s Day! Bird House keepers showed our barred parakeets some love with special heart-themed enrichment and their favorite fruits + greens.
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#NatZooZen #ValentinesDay

The common nighthawk—known for its evening dances to catch insects—is disappearing from parts of its range. Why? A new s...
02/14/2021

The common nighthawk—known for its evening dances to catch insects—is disappearing from parts of its range. Why? A new study led by Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and University of Alberta biologists has created a comprehensive picture of the 10,000 km. migratory route of common nighthawks using GPS data. The study is the first step in analyzing where and why nighthawk population numbers are declining. #WeSaveSpecies #BringBirdsBack
https://s.si.edu/3a0RnR4

🦊💓 There’s more to maned wolves than meets the eye. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientist Rosana Nogueira...
02/13/2021
A Heart to Heart with Maned Wolves

🦊💓 There’s more to maned wolves than meets the eye. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientist Rosana Nogueira de Moraes studies the heart rates of these secretive animals to answer some important questions, including "how well do they hide their emotions?” ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/2EZWiov.
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Spindly legs and thick, red fur have earned them the nickname “foxes on stilts,” but maned wolves are neither fox nor wolf. Today, researchers are monitoring maned wolves' heart rates to learn more about these unique and charismatic canids.

🌹🐼 Roses are red, violets are blue; 💖🐸check out "Woo," in your own virtual zoo! 🦉💗Get swept away by @ZooGuardians heart-...
02/13/2021

🌹🐼 Roses are red, violets are blue; 💖🐸check out "Woo," in your own virtual zoo! 🦉💗Get swept away by @ZooGuardians heart-filled décor and share the love with your animals with some sweet enrichment.😻 Woo at Your Zoo lasts until Feb. 18!
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💕📲 #ZooGuardians is free to download on Apple and Android devices: https://bit.ly/2M5qS3X

🌳 A hundred feet above the forest floor and dense with leaves and plants, the rainforest canopy is a challenging place t...
02/12/2021
Heights Unseen: The Hidden World of Tropical Rainforests

🌳 A hundred feet above the forest floor and dense with leaves and plants, the rainforest canopy is a challenging place to study. It’s hard to observe from the ground and difficult for researchers to access, so conservation biologist Tremie Gregory learned to climb trees. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/31twLLI.
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#WomenInScience

The rainforest canopy is a challenging place to study. It’s hard to observe from the ground and difficult for researchers to access, so conservation biologist Tremie Gregory learned to climb trees.

🎉Happy Lunar New Year! 🐂 Celebrate the #YearoftheOx virtually this year with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Ren...
02/12/2021
How to Participate in the Lunar New Year This Year

🎉Happy Lunar New Year! 🐂 Celebrate the #YearoftheOx virtually this year with Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery and Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. From free meditation classes 🧘🏽 to crafts 🖍️ and a performance by the Shanghai Quartet 🎻, ring in this Lunar 'Moo' Year as strong as, well, an ox. 🐂🥳 CELEBRATE VIRTUALLY: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lunar-new-year-explained-and-how-participate-180976971/

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer and Sackler Galleries host virtual events

🌊 On Peru’s pacific coastline lives one of the least studied and most at-risk birds: the Peruvian tern. This bird's dese...
02/11/2021
Searching for the Invisible, Invincible Peruvian Tern

🌊 On Peru’s pacific coastline lives one of the least studied and most at-risk birds: the Peruvian tern. This bird's desert camouflage makes it almost impossible to track, says SCBI scientist Ximena Velez-Zuazo. But that is what our team set out to do. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3eMxXQt.
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✏️ Esta historia esta disponible en español aquí: https://s.si.edu/2LzdynY.
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#WomenInScience

On Peru’s pacific coastline, where desert meets sea, lives one of the least studied and most at-risk birds: the Peruvian tern. This bird's desert camouflage makes it almost impossible to track, but that’s exactly what our team set out to do.

🦌🦌Our lesser kudu family is growing up! Kushukuru turned 2 in January and Toba turned 1 last October. Catch up with the ...
02/11/2021
Keeping Up with the Lesser Kudu Family

🦌🦌Our lesser kudu family is growing up! Kushukuru turned 2 in January and Toba turned 1 last October. Catch up with the whole fam with assistant curator for Cheetah Conservation Station Gil Myers and animal keeper Deborah Grupenhoff! ✏️Q&A: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/news/keeping-lesser-kudu-family

The lesser kudu family at Smithsonian’s National Zoo is growing up! Kushukuru just turned 2 years old on Jan. 12 and Toba turned 1 years old in October 2020. Find out what’s happening with our lesser kudu in this Q&A with Gil Myers, assistant curator for Cheetah Conservation Station, and animal ...

02/11/2021
The Wild Side of STEAM: Population Biologist

💕Matchmaker, matchmaker, the Zoo's animals need a match! 🧬Kate Rodriguez-Clark is a population ecologist who uses genetics to play "matchmaker" for the Zoo's animals. 🐾 She collaborates with keepers, curators and population biologists at zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks across North America to analyze animal records and find the "perfect match." 💻 WATCH THE WEBINAR: https://youtu.be/8AIigiI8bp0.
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#WomenInScience

January's Wild Side of STEAM webinar featured Kate Rodriguez-Clark, population biologist at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute...

02/10/2021
Brown Pelican GPS Tracking with the Smithsonian

🌊 Each summer, thousands of brown pelicans journey from southern wintering grounds in Florida and Cuba to the Chesapeake Bay to breed on the marshy islands of Maryland’s eastern shore. However, little is known about the daily habits of these migratory birds once they reach the Chesapeake Bay, how long they stay and the full range of their habitat. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientist Autumn-Lynn Harrison is using GPS tags on the Bay’s brown pelicans to track their migrations and better understand these iconic birds.
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#BringBirdsBack #WeSaveSpecies #WomenInScience

❤️🦓 Our 7-month-old Hartmann's mountain zebra, Yipes, is becoming much more like his dad: rambunctious and goofy! Catch ...
02/10/2021
Snow and Stripes: A Zebra Update

❤️🦓 Our 7-month-old Hartmann's mountain zebra, Yipes, is becoming much more like his dad: rambunctious and goofy! Catch up with our colt in Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute keeper Tara Buk's latest update. ✏️STORY: https://s.si.edu/3rPhMaL.
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#WomenInScience

On Feb. 2, our youngest zebra, Yipes, turned 7 months old. It is hard to believe that he is already a juvenile! Over the past few months, we have seen him become much more rambunctious and goofy like his father, Rogan.

👩‍⚕️🐾Providing medical care for all the Zoo's animals is a key component of being a veterinary technician. Meet vet tech...
02/09/2021
The Wild Side of STEAM: Veterinary Technician

👩‍⚕️🐾Providing medical care for all the Zoo's animals is a key component of being a veterinary technician. Meet vet tech Jessica Sosa in our "Wild Side of STEAM" webinar to learn what her job entails and how she followed her passion to an amazing career caring for animals! 💻 WATCH THE WEBINAR: https://youtu.be/g0tsMBGsdHc.
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#WomenInScience

November's Wild Side of STEAM webinar featured Jessica Sosa, or "Sosa," a licensed veterinary technician who provides medical care and treatment for all the ...

❤️🐼 January was an exciting month for our giant panda cub, Xiao Qi Ji!✔️First enrichment toys✔️First taste of sweet pota...
02/08/2021
Top 8 Giant Panda Moments in January 2021

❤️🐼 January was an exciting month for our giant panda cub, Xiao Qi Ji!

✔️First enrichment toys
✔️First taste of sweet potato
✔️First bite of bamboo
✔️First livestream with his keepers
✔️First encounter with snow

✏️STORIES + 🎥 VIDEOS: https://s.si.edu/3pXlv5k.
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#PandaStory

January was a month full of firsts for the Smithsonian's National Zoo's giant panda cub, Xiao Qi Ji. The growing bear played with his first enrichment toys, sampled his first sweet potato, took his first bite of bamboo, let fans into his habitat during his first livestream and experienced his first....

🦘Zoo Guardians Animal of the Month is hop notch! DYK: Red kangaroos are named after the male’s red coloration, but femal...
02/08/2021

🦘Zoo Guardians Animal of the Month is hop notch! DYK: Red kangaroos are named after the male’s red coloration, but females are actually bluish-gray! Due to this difference, females are sometimes called “blue flyers”.🦘
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📲Jump into #ZooGuardians for free on Apple and Android devices to discover more about these fly animals: https://bit.ly/3nJXyNE

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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.