National Zoo

Common yellowthroats, like the one pictured here, spend their winters in coffee growing regions in Latin America.

Birders Want You to Rethink Your Morning Roast

May 5th, 2021, 9:30AM
This 17-year Brood X cicada nymph is one step away from adulthood. After emerging from the dirt, cicadas typically crawl up the base of a tree to complete their final molt, expand their wings and fly away.

Cicada Snacks: The Wild (and Tasty) Side of Brood X at the Zoo

April 29th, 2021, 3:24PM
A sea lion at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
This leaf-tailed gecko hatchling receives his medication from a syringe, which he laps up with his impressive tongue.
Western lowland gorilla Baraka forages in the outdoor gorilla habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. The silverback takes mealtime seriously, say his keepers.
A female ruby-throated hummingbird sips nectar from a flower.

How Do You Weigh a Hummingbird?

March 9th, 2021, 9:53AM
The first cheetah cub born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute celebrated his 10th birthday last year, marking a decade of the facility's successful cheetah breeding program.

5 Milestones from a Decade of Cheetah Breeding and Conservation

March 1st, 2021, 1:39PM
January was a month full of firsts for giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji. The growing bear played with enrichment toys, took his first bites of sweet potato and bamboo, and had his first encounter with snow!

January's Best Giant Panda Moments—In Video

February 10th, 2021, 8:44AM
Reptile keepers are warming up to a new monitor lizard this winter, a young Komodo dragon named Onyx.
In the midst of the pandemic, as the story goes, a team set out to bring swift foxes back to a land they had disappeared from more than 50 years ago.