We can't stand the cuteness! Meet Niran (pronounced Nee-ron), which means eternal. This three-week old clouded leopard cub's Thai name was chosen by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute scientists Adrienne Crosier and Pierre Commizoli who helped make his birth possible at the Nashville Zoo. Learn more about this adorable science first: [ S.si.edu Link ] #WeSaveSpecies
Rock on! Sea otters use rocks and other hard objects to break open well-armored food, like marine snails and crabs. A new study by Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and partners reveals that individual tool-using sea otters along the California coastline aren’t closely related to one another. According to the study’s authors, this may be partial evidence that sea...
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How is climate change changing salamanders? SCBI scientist Brian Gratwicke studied more than 50 years worth of data from a sample of 70,000 specimens.

Revisiting the Effects of Climate Change on Salamander Body Size: The Role of Natural History Collections

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Froggy Craft for #WorldFrogDay! Friends of the National Zoo
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Photo from the field: Last month, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientist Nucharin Songsasen traveled to Thailand to put tracking collars on wild dholes. Dholes are endangered for lots of reasons including habitat loss, conflict with humans, and disease transmission from domestic dogs. The team collared two dholes and are hoping to learn more about their home range size, habitat,...
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A second #ScimitarHornedOryx calf has been born in the wild! The species has been extinct in the wild since the 1980s, but reintroductions began last year led by Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi and the Government of Chad. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ecologists collect behavioral data on the reintroduced oryx from satellite collars. #EarthOptimisim
What does it mean when a Grand Cayman blue iguana bobs his head? It could mean “stay away from my territory” or “let’s mate!” Check out the photo slideshow for some of keeper Kyle Miller’s favorite facts about this species: [ S.si.edu Link ].

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Meet our new porcupette! #ZooLive
Meet our new porcupette tomorrow! #ZooLive
❄ Schmidt's red-tailed monkey Indi received some #SnowDay food enrichment from her Think Tank keepers: an icy treat topped off with sunflower seeds and raisins!
❄ Earlier today, our hoofstock at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute took in the snowy sights of the Shenandoah mountains. Looks like the scimitar-horned oryx, Przewalski's horses and Hartmann's mountain zebras had a fun #SnowDay!
To celebrate #PiDay, Amazonia keepers made a tasty algae pi(e) for the arapaimas. Presenting daily diet in novel shapes is one form of #ZooEnrichment.
❄ The Zoo will be closed to the public today, March 14, due to the inclement weather. Friends of the National Zoo
#Zoozen bubble enrichment from the dwarf mongoose exhibit
No rush to get the last piece of cake at this party. #WeSaveSpecies
These dwarf mongooses are better at bubbles than you. Tune in tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. #ZooZen
We're celebrating the newest member of the Small Mammal House, a prehensile-tailed porcupette born Feb. 22, by taking a look at one of the species' defining characteristics--its quills! [ S.si.edu Link ]

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Today, we're celebrating a very special birthday : Zawadi, our Allen's swamp monkey, is 1 year old! Give a gift to our animals & support animal enrichment: [ Nationalzoo.si.edu Link ].
Tune in today at 11:30 a.m. as we celebrate Allen's swamp monkey Zawadi's first birthday at the Think Tank! #ZooLive