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🤔🦧 Why do some adult male orangutans have such chubby cheeks? Those fantastic facial features are called flanges! 🗣️👂 Wh...
02/21/2020

🤔🦧 Why do some adult male orangutans have such chubby cheeks? Those fantastic facial features are called flanges! 🗣️👂 When paired with a large throat pouch, flanges can help amplify an orangutan's loud, long-distance call. 👋 Meet Kiko, Kyle and our other orangutans at Great Ape House and Think Tank! KEEPER TALKS: 1 p.m. + 2 p.m. ZOO Qs: https://s.si.edu/2SMQjaG.

Happy #NationalLoveYourPetDay! An all-female herd of guinea pigs recently moved into their new digs in Amazonia. Learn m...
02/20/2020

Happy #NationalLoveYourPetDay! An all-female herd of guinea pigs recently moved into their new digs in Amazonia. Learn more about these adorable and amazing animal ambassadors that also make great pets! 📸📝 KEEPER Q+A: https://s.si.edu/37VZQl6.

🐊 Philippine crocodiles are one of the rarest reptiles in the world. Scientists estimate fewer than 100 remain in the wi...
02/20/2020

🐊 Philippine crocodiles are one of the rarest reptiles in the world. Scientists estimate fewer than 100 remain in the wild! 👀 Meet our croc at the Reptile Discovery Center! KEEPER TALKS: 11 a.m. + 3 p.m.

❄️ Some desert animals, like Persian onagers, dig the snow! They keep warm in the cold by eating. Their digestive system...
02/17/2020
Persian Onagers Dig the Snow

❄️ Some desert animals, like Persian onagers, dig the snow! They keep warm in the cold by eating. Their digestive systems act as a furnace, and if the furnace has enough fuel (aka food), then they can stay warm. #PersianOnager #NotADonkey #NotAHorse #WeSaveSpecies

https://s.si.edu/2OOU1OI

It has been a fairly mild winter at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. But we did have one bigger snow day Jan. 7. It snowed almost 6 inches at some of our barns.

🐘 This Asian elephant calf figured out how to bottle-feed himself! He lives at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, S...
02/15/2020

🐘 This Asian elephant calf figured out how to bottle-feed himself! He lives at the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. The Elephant Transit Home was established by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation, and they care for and rehabilitate orphaned Asian elephant calves for release back to the wild. There are more than 70 calves living at the Elephant Transit Home and they are continually receiving more. Our Global Health Program veterinarians and scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are collaborating with Veterinarians International and the Elephant Transit Home to improve the health and well-being of elephant calves in their care. #AsianElephants #WeSaveSpecies #EarthOptimism

Happy #WorldPangolinDay! Veterinarians with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program are w...
02/15/2020

Happy #WorldPangolinDay! Veterinarians with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program are working to better understand the health issues and medical needs of pangolins by working closely with local wildlife centers in southeast Asia that rescue and rehabilitate confiscated pangolins.

Through their research and capacity-building projects, our scientists aim to advance the veterinary care of these enigmatic and amazing animals, contribute to local conservation initiatives across Asia, and help improve successful health and conservation outcomes for pangolins globally. LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/39upKwG.

02/14/2020

💕 Whether you celebrate #ValentinesDay or #GalentinesDay, won't you be our Valentine? 💐

02/13/2020
It's Electric!

⚡🐟⚡ Electric eels use both pulse and wave signals to locate, stun and catch prey. The organs that generate these pulses have stacked cells that produce power like a battery... up to 600 volts of electricity! 👋 Meet this and other *shocking* fish at Amazonia! KEEPER TALKS: 11 a.m. + 1 p.m. s.si.edu/2h3CN1W

❄️ Some desert animals, like Persian onagers, dig the snow! They keep warm in the cold by eating. Their digestive system...
02/12/2020
Persian Onagers Dig the Snow

❄️ Some desert animals, like Persian onagers, dig the snow! They keep warm in the cold by eating. Their digestive systems act as a furnace, and if the furnace has enough fuel (aka food), then they can stay warm. #PersianOnager #NotADonkey #NotAHorse #WeSaveSpecies

https://s.si.edu/2OOU1OI

It has been a fairly mild winter at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. But we did have one bigger snow day Jan. 7. It snowed almost 6 inches at some of our barns.

🐍👂 You might think the banded rock rattlesnake couldn't hear its own rattle because, like all other snakes, it lacks ext...
02/12/2020

🐍👂 You might think the banded rock rattlesnake couldn't hear its own rattle because, like all other snakes, it lacks external ears. But snakes are able to "hear" with their jaws, which pick up vibrations from the ground and transmit them to their inner ears. Meet our rattlesnake at the Reptile Discovery Center! KEEPER TALKS: 11 a.m. + 3 p.m. s.si.edu/2h3CN1W

We are very sad to share that Sydney, our male white-cheeked gibbon, died Feb. 4. A final pathology report will provide ...
02/11/2020

We are very sad to share that Sydney, our male white-cheeked gibbon, died Feb. 4. A final pathology report will provide more information in the coming weeks, but animal care staff had been treating him for hypoglycemia. LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/2urnXK1.

Over the past couple of weeks, Sydney's appetite waned, and he refused to take the medications that would keep his blood sugar at an appropriate level. Due to Sydney’s poor prognosis and declining quality of life, animal care staff made the decision to humanely euthanize him.

Animal keepers remember Sydney as a shy, yet feisty, animal. Gaining his trust and being greeted with his 'happy hoots' was especially endearing.Despite Sydney’s condition and his physical limitations, he would often play chase with his keepers, swiftly following them as they passed by his enclosure.

To measure Sydney’s blood glucose levels throughout the day, primate staff trained him to use a glucometer. On the keepers’ cue, Sydney would present his foot, and they would take a quick prick of his toe with a diabetic lancet. For his voluntary participation, Sydney received quartered grape pieces as a reward. The glucometer measurements gave staff valuable information about his blood glucose levels throughout the day, allowing them to adjust his diet and medications as needed.

For more than 20 years, Sydney served as a wonderful ambassador for his species. He was one of 23 white-cheeked gibbons born at the Zoo, which has had a long history of success breeding this critically endangered species.

He will be greatly missed by countless numbers of animal care staff and zoogoers.

🤔 How do you tell our pale-headed saki monkey father-daughter duo apart? Dad Jamie sports white fur on his face, while I...
02/11/2020

🤔 How do you tell our pale-headed saki monkey father-daughter duo apart? Dad Jamie sports white fur on his face, while Isabella's face is brownish-gray. 🐒👋 Meet them at the Small Mammal House! KEEPER TALKS: 10:30 A.M. + 2 P.M. s.si.edu/2h3CN1W

Students from UC Santa Barbara are working with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists to see if  Island scrub jay...
02/09/2020
These Students Are Partnering With Corvids to Replant a Forest After Fire

Students from UC Santa Barbara are working with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists to see if Island scrub jays can ignite island scrub oak growth from the ashes of habitat burned in wildfires. https://s.si.edu/2FMyUrG #Ornithology #IslandScrubJay #WeSaveSpecies #BringBirdsBack

This program received federal support from the Latino Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Island Scrub-Jays are acorn-planting machines. Might flying foresters be just what today's scorched Western landscapes need?

The health of humans and animals is inextricably connected. The Washington Post takes a closer look at the critical rese...
02/09/2020
Perspective | A Smithsonian team discovered a new coronavirus. The story behind that effort shows what it takes to get ahead of potential pandemics.

The health of humans and animals is inextricably connected. The Washington Post takes a closer look at the critical research of the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program on the front lines of wildlife disease — how to protect humans from the next pandemic while also saving animals. #SCBI #onehealth #wesavespecies

Marc Valitutto led the team who found the virus in bats in Myanmar. Now, the Smithsonian wildlife vet is in China.

🐼❤️🐼 Woo. Date. Mate.Come to Woo at the Zoo on #ValentinesDay, Feb. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. to learn all about dating, mat...
02/08/2020
Woo at the Zoo

🐼❤️🐼 Woo. Date. Mate.

Come to Woo at the Zoo on #ValentinesDay, Feb. 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. to learn all about dating, mating and procreating in the animal kingdom! 🎟️ TIX: https://s.si.edu/2QQ2KAC.

It's a Valentine's Day ritual. Come to Woo at the Zoo on Friday, Feb. 14, from 7-10 p.m. to learn all about dating, mating and procreating (in the animal kingdom, at least).

❤️🦍 Rainy Friday morning got you down? Let a little #Moke lift your spirits! Keepers Erin Stromberg and Emily Bricker sh...
02/07/2020
#GorillaStory: Medical Training with Moke

❤️🦍 Rainy Friday morning got you down? Let a little #Moke lift your spirits! Keepers Erin Stromberg and Emily Bricker share our young western lowland gorilla's training triumphs in the latest #GorillaStory update. ✏️ KEEPER UPDATE: https://s.si.edu/37VCxrt.

Moke may just be a few months shy of turning 2-years-old, but our young western lowland gorilla has quite an independent personality! Last autumn, he mastered voluntary injection training.

Love is in the air! This Valentine's Day, surprise the animal aficionado in your life with a gift that is good for snugg...
02/06/2020

Love is in the air! This Valentine's Day, surprise the animal aficionado in your life with a gift that is good for snuggles and supports conservation: Adopt a Species! ❤️ ADOPT TODAY: https://s.si.edu/2vWUBUa.

Two limited edition packages— clouded leopard and fennec fox—arrive at your doorstep in an animal carrier box complete with a cuddly plush animal, postcard and certificate of adoption. Order by Feb. 6 for guaranteed delivery by #ValentinesDay!

Inti is bold, Masi is chill and Sani is shy (unless there is food around). No, they aren’t the latest reality TV divas, ...
02/06/2020

Inti is bold, Masi is chill and Sani is shy (unless there is food around). No, they aren’t the latest reality TV divas, but the newest residents at the Zoo! An all-female herd of guinea pigs has moved in to their new digs in Amazonia. Get to know them! 📸📝 KEEPER Q+A: https://s.si.edu/37VZQl6.

Back on track! Guam rails, or ko'ko', are only the second species of bird to recover from being extinct in the wild. #We...
02/05/2020
Conserving the Last of Guam’s Avifauna: The Recovery of the Guam Rail

Back on track! Guam rails, or ko'ko', are only the second species of bird to recover from being extinct in the wild. #WeSaveSpecies #EarthOptimism

Walking through the forests of Guam is arresting — because it’s silent. But the sound of the forest is returning. On some nearby islands you can once again hear the loud whistle of the Guam rail, nearly 40 years after the bird was declared extinct in the wild.

02/05/2020

👂 Sound off! Meerkats have at least ten distinctive vocalizations, including murmurs, threatening growls and spits, scolding clucks, and a defensive alarm bark.

Meet females Baya and Dogo at the Small Mammal House! Daily keeper talks: 10:30 am. + 2 p.m. 👋 MEET OUR ANIMALS: s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.

🍂🐍🌽 Eastern corn snakes come in shades of brown and orange—effective camouflage among dead leaves or in the cornfields w...
02/03/2020

🍂🐍🌽 Eastern corn snakes come in shades of brown and orange—effective camouflage among dead leaves or in the cornfields where they hunt for prey. 👀 Take a peek at our eastern corn snake at the Reptile Discover Center!

👋 ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: 11 a.m. + 3 p.m. >> s.si.edu/2h3CN1W

🐍Like many snake species, eyelash palm pitvipers rely on camouflage to capture prey. Unfortunately for both pitvipers an...
02/01/2020

🐍Like many snake species, eyelash palm pitvipers rely on camouflage to capture prey. Unfortunately for both pitvipers and humans, a number of these snakes have been sent throughout the world accidentally in banana shipments. 🍌👀 #SerpentDay

Students from UC Santa Barbara are working with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists to see if  Island scrub jay...
02/01/2020
These Students Are Partnering With Corvids to Replant a Forest After Fire

Students from UC Santa Barbara are working with Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists to see if Island scrub jays can ignite island scrub oak growth from the ashes of habitat burned in wildfires. https://s.si.edu/2FMyUrG #Ornithology #IslandScrubJay #WeSaveSpecies #BringBirdsBack

This program received federal support from the Latino Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Island Scrub-Jays are acorn-planting machines. Might flying foresters be just what today's scorched Western landscapes need?

Happy #SerpentDay! 🐍 Gaboon viper fangs are the longest of any venomous snake, reaching up to two inches in length. They...
02/01/2020

Happy #SerpentDay! 🐍 Gaboon viper fangs are the longest of any venomous snake, reaching up to two inches in length. They can control the injection of venom when they bite. The results range from no effect to rapid death. 💀 See it in the Reptile Discovery Center!

🦓 SCBI researchers are studying Hartmann's mountain zebras to develop assisted reproduction techniques vital to the zebr...
01/31/2020

🦓 SCBI researchers are studying Hartmann's mountain zebras to develop assisted reproduction techniques vital to the zebras' conservation.

Unlike other zebra species, Hartmann's mountain zebras live in small herds, have vertical stripes on their neck and torso and horizontal stripes on their backside, and have a small fold of skin under their chin (called a dewlap).

This species lives in dry mountain habitats of Namibia. With less than 25,000 individuals left in the wild, the biggest threat to this species' survival is habitat loss and fragmentation as the result of livestock production and agriculture. #InternationalZebraDay

In honor of #InternationalZebraDay, here’s a photo of Dr. Kamau with our global health program assisting our partners at...
01/31/2020

In honor of #InternationalZebraDay, here’s a photo of Dr. Kamau with our global health program assisting our partners at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya to care for an orphaned plains zebra foal. The foal was found wandering alone in the nearby community. Dr. Kamau helps bottle-feed the foal 6 times every day and weigh him to make sure he is growing and gaining weight. #PlainsZebra #Kenya #Zebra #ZebraFoal #WeSaveSpecies

As part of an ongoing collaborative partnership between Kenya Wildlife Service, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, Mpala Research Centre and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and with core program support from Morris Animal Foundation and the Keller family, these field veterinarians tend to wildlife emergencies, conduct critical research in wildlife disease and conservation issues, and provide hands-on training for future generations of wildlife professionals.

🦓 🎉 Celebrate International Zebra Day by learning all about the largest of these striped equids: the Grevy’s zebra! >>ht...
01/31/2020
7 Facts to Celebrate International Zebra Day!

🦓 🎉 Celebrate International Zebra Day by learning all about the largest of these striped equids: the Grevy’s zebra! >>https://s.si.edu/31aqYu7.

👋 Stop by Cheetah Conservation Station to see Grevy’s zebra Moyo during your next visit. Don’t miss the Meet-a-Zebra programs at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays!

Celebrate International Zebra Day by learning all about the largest of these striped equids: the Grevy’s zebra!

🦊👂 The fennec may be the world’s smallest fox, but it sports outlandishly large ears! It uses those big ears to listen f...
01/30/2020
Adopt a Fennec Fox

🦊👂 The fennec may be the world’s smallest fox, but it sports outlandishly large ears! It uses those big ears to listen for sounds of prey in the sand. 🐾 Adopt a cuddly plush fennec fox for your sweetie this #ValentinesDay! ADOPT A SPECIES: https://s.si.edu/37Ga3Sz.

Bring a fennec fox home! This exclusive Valentine’s Adopt package includes an adorable plush, a certificate, a postcard and more.

🐢 This turtle's so fly. 😎 Fly river turtles propel themselves through the water using power (strong forelegs) and precis...
01/30/2020

🐢 This turtle's so fly. 😎 Fly river turtles propel themselves through the water using power (strong forelegs) and precision (rudder-like hind legs and tail)—allowing them to deftly dash out of harm’s way. 💨🌊 Visit our fly river turtle at the Reptile Discovery Center, and check out keeper talks at 11 a.m. + 3 p.m. daily! 👋 ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: http://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.

🐻❓ Given the choice between mealworms 🐛 and melons 🍈, the Zoo’s sloth bears, Remi and Niko, will almost always choose th...
01/29/2020
Sloth Bears Recognize 2D Images as Representations of 3D Objects Smithsonian’s National Zoo Cognition Study Finds

🐻❓ Given the choice between mealworms 🐛 and melons 🍈, the Zoo’s sloth bears, Remi and Niko, will almost always choose the former, even when their diet is presented to them in the form of a photo! 📸

Asia Trail keepers are the first to confirm that sloth bears can recognize 2D images as representations of 3D objects, a discovery that can enable institutions that exhibit and breed this species to better manage and enrich the lives of individual animals in their care. The findings of this study were published Jan. 26 in the journal Animal Cognition. 🧠 LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/315CUwZ.

Given the choice between mealworms and melons, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s sloth bears—6-year-old female Remi and 5-year-old male Niko—will almost always choose the former, even when their diet is presented to them in the form of a photo. Animal keepers at the Zoo’s Asia Trail exhibit...

🤔 What distinguishes the green aracari from other aracaris? It's bill! Apart from the flashy red, yellow and blue hues, ...
01/29/2020

🤔 What distinguishes the green aracari from other aracaris? It's bill! Apart from the flashy red, yellow and blue hues, these birds' bills also have a unique serrated edge. 👋 Meet a male aracari in the Small Mammal House and two female aracaris in the Amazonia rainforest habitat. 🕐 KEEPER TALKS: http://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.

We are sad to share that Clint, our elderly Mariana crow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has died. He ...
01/28/2020
Only Mariana Crow Outside Micronesia Dies at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

We are sad to share that Clint, our elderly Mariana crow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has died. He was 25 years old and he was the only Mariana crow living outside of Rota Island. There are about 150 Mariana crows living on Rota. Mariana crows and other species of birds, bats and reptiles have been hunted to extinction or near extinction on Guam due to the invasive brown tree snake. Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources is working with partners, including SCBI, to repopulate Mariana crows in areas free of the brown tree snake. #WeSaveSpecies #MarianaCrow #Guam #Ornithology

An elderly 25-year-old male Mariana crow named Clint was humanely euthanized at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) Jan.14.

👋🐵 Hey hey, meet the titi monkeys! When Henderson and Kingston are trying to locate one another in our Amazonia rainfore...
01/27/2020

👋🐵 Hey hey, meet the titi monkeys! When Henderson and Kingston are trying to locate one another in our Amazonia rainforest, they make several unique sounds.👂 Henderson’s call often begins as a high-pitched “squeak” and transitions into a deeper “wok-wok” vocalization. Kingston also squeaks, but her tone is a bit softer than Henderson’s is. 🕐 KEEPER TALKS: http://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.

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