National Zoo veterinarians aren’t sure how Moke, a 9-month-old western lowland gorilla, got injured, but the primate curator said that the little guy has a reputation for being a “bit of a daredevil.”
The Smithsonian National Zoo has reopened after the federal government shutdown, and there were some new arrivals. Zoo officials said the humans and animals were glad to see each other once again. See photos and video.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C. will resume normal operations Sunday, The National Park Service announced Saturday. The National Zoo will reopen on Tuesday, along with other Smithsonian museums affected by the partial government shutdown.
A WTOP listener wondered how the animals at the National Zoo are doing during the government shutdown, so we reached out and got answers.
The standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico has resulted in a government shutdown that is running well into 2019. See photos.
Typically bustling sidewalks near the Smithsonian’s National Zoo were eerily quiet Wednesday on the first day of the zoo’s closure due to the partial government shutdown. See photos.
The National Zoo has closed its gates, the latest victim of the partial government shutdown. But more than half the employees at the zoo and its associated Conservation Biology Institute will continue working.
Factor in a government shutdown that’s closed the doors of the city’s 17 world-class, free museums, plus the National Zoo, and you’ve got all the makings for some very low snow globe sales on the National Mall.
Though the partial government shutdown will likely affect Smithsonian sites, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and city tourism officials are highlighting the positives, pointing out the many private museums, galleries and other attractions that will remain open.
While the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be open through New Year’s Day, things will change on Jan. 2 when those agencies also run out of money. Then, their doors will also close to tourists, locals and students on field trips.
The next time you’re grumbling about a slushy commute or freezing temperatures, just remember that Bei Bei is absolutely stoked he’s having a snow day. See video of the giant panda rolling around in the snow.
A new video from the National Zoo shows the young panda enjoying the cooler temperatures — and a familiar scent that zookeepers sprinkled on a log. See how other zoo residents are enjoying autumn’s delights.
Alex the tortoise lived to the ripe old age of 100, and will be fondly remembered by keepers and visitors.
The large, flightless bird was estimated to be in its mid to late 20s, which is the median life expectancy for emus, according to Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Plans to increase security at Smithsonian’s National Zoo are on hold for now. The National Capital Planning Commission voted to defer action on proposed plans until it gets more information.