Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Can you believe this snow on spring break? Neither can these animals! Check out this slideshow the folks at Smithsonian's National Zoo, posted here with permission. The slideshow is also on Flickr.
Speak out: Hey Bethesda, did the snow make you want to hibernate? Or did you have as much fun as these guys did? What did you do to beat the snow? Post comments below and please share your show photos with Patch.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Can you believe this snow on spring break? Neither can these animals! Check out this slideshow the folks at Smithsonian's National Zoo posted here with permission. The slideshow is also on Flickr.
Hey Chevy Chase, did the snow make you want to hibernate? Or did you have as much fun as these guys did? What did you do to beat the snow? Post comments below, and—if you'd like—share your photos with Patch.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
What advice would you give to an elephant moving into a new home? The national zoo's elephants are all ears.
It's not easy to move into a new home. It's tough for everyone, and elephants—who are known for their ability to remember things—are no exception. The Smithsonian's National Zoo is asking kids to help the zoo's elephants get adjusted to their new Elephant Community Center, which opens to the public on March 23. The new elephant center will give the elephants "ample space for socializing, training and playing, and [will give] visitors the chance to get an up-close view of these incredible animals," according to a zoo statement. The zoo and Washingtonian magazine invite elementary school-aged students in the Washington, DC region to write letters to the elephants on one of the following topics and mail them to Washingtonian, according to a …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Zoo hopeful that bears will reach full term.
Move over Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The biggest baby news on this side of the pond is that Billie Jean, a 6-year-old Andean bear, is pregnant with two cubs. The Smithsonian National Zoo made the announcement on Friday and officials are hoping Billie Jean will reach full term successfully as she did in January 2012, when she gave birth to two other cubs—Bernardo and Chaska. But what makes this story even sweeter is that Bille Jean mated naturally with Nikki, a male Andean bear that was humanely euthanized in August after he was diagnosed with skin cancer. So if the Billie Jean's cubs are born healthy, they'll be a legacy. “It would not only be a heartwarming story if Nikki’s legacy were to continue,” said Craig Saffoe, …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sumatran tiger Soyono, 19, was the mother of seven cubs.
Sumatran tiger Soyono—who, at 19 years old was considered an elderly tiger—was humanely euthanized by veterinarians at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on Monday morning, according to a zoo statement. Soyono—affectionately known as Soy—began exhibiting common signs of aging in early October, according to the statement. "Keepers noticed that she walked more slowly and seemed to have trouble with her balance. Zoo veterinarians monitored Soy’s health and administered medication to alleviate the symptoms associated with spondylosis—a degenerative disorder of the spine that can create abnormal pressure on the nerves," the statement reported. "Animal care staff made the decision to euthanize Soy when they observed that her health and …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Popular event runs for a total of 24 nights in 2012.
On Nov. 23, almost two weeks before the First Family lights the National Christmas Tree, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo will brighten the metro area with ZooLights, the popular annual DC event. Thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights – in the shapes of pandas, snakes, flowers, trees, butterflies, elephants and more – lining the pathways and decorating buildings such as the Small Mammals House, Reptile Discovery Center, Great Apes House, Think Tank and Kids’ Farm – make for a unique and fun experience for the whole family. Also on display will be entries to the zoo’s “Gin-GRR-Bread Habitat Contest,” with a theme of “A Winter’s Tale on the American Trail. Winners will receive a special behind-the-scenes tour of the American Trail …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Support animal care, science and research with these great gift options.
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- Ben Gross
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Do some good for yourself, your family and friends and the animal kingdom by doing your holiday shopping at the National Zoo this year. For the kids: Bring home plush versions of Crystal or Cody, the zoo’s gray wolves with these realistic 16” renditions of the popular canines for just $20. Colorful owl or butterfly-themed purses are always in style and sure to be a hit with the girls in your life. Each version features working zippers, an inside pocket and a 10” strap for $22. For the animals: Show your favorite zoo animal how much you care by purchasing one of these great enrichment toys. You can either purchase items on the zoo’s online store, or visit the Enrichment Giving Tree to find out what’s on their wish list and you can drop it…
Monday, October 22, 2012
And, we have a winner!
Our winner is: Melissa Anthony "The newest member of the National Zoo's Competitive Tail-Bowling League focuses, intent on picking up that spare." Thanks for playing! We will contact you about where to send your Patch swag. --- Although it's already getting cold, there's still time to go check out the animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. But, before you do, write a caption for this photo in the comments. We'll post one caption for a new photo each week, and the person with the most creative caption will win a Patch “swag kit”—complete with a tote bag, metal water bottle, magnet and pen. Patch local editors will pick the winners. We’re a tough crowd...so make us laugh! Check out last week's winner and tell us if you agree with our …
Saturday, October 13, 2012
And, we have a winner!
The winner is: morgan gale "Ahh , what a nice day at the beach . The ride on the raft was a disaster." Thanks for playing! -- What does a porcupine do when it's rainy or it needs shade? Get under an umbrella of course! Although it's already getting cold, there's still time to go check out the animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. But, before you do, write a caption for this photo in the comments. We'll post one caption for a new photo each week, and the person with the most creative caption will win a Patch “swag kit”—complete with a tote bag, metal water bottle, magnet and pen. Patch local editors will pick the winners. We’re a tough crowd...so make us laugh! Check out last week's winner and tell us if you agree with our choice! Don'…
Friday, October 12, 2012
Loki was euthanized "because she was ill from complications of metabolic bone disease," according to the National Zoo.
A young black howler monkey died Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Loki—born March 22, 2010, to first-time parents Chula (her mother) and Pele (her father)—was euthanized "because she was ill from complications of metabolic bone disease," the zoo said. The zoo described the disease as a vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus imbalance. It is most often caused by lack of sunlight (ultraviolet light), lack of dietary intake of vitamin D and/or the body’s inability to properly metabolize these compounds. "For five days, Loki was treated in the hospital with injectable vitamins, iron [and] calcium and exposed to direct sunlight while receiving around-the-clock nursing care," the zoo said. "A blood transfusion was provided from [her…