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#DYK there is an entire week dedicated to Black birders, called #BlackBirdersWeek? 🐦 Black Birders Week began in 2020 to highlight Black nature enthusiasts and to increase the visibility of Black birders.R
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If you have visited the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in the late spring and summer, ☀️ then you know it can get hot, muggy and buggy here in Washington, D.C.! Have you ever wondered how we help animals handle the heat?…
Black-footed ferrets are North America’s only native ferret species and were thought to be extinct until a small population of 18 ferrets was discovered in 1981. The Smithsonian was the first to receive offspring from those 18 and breed black-footed ferrets outside of Wyoming.
🌏@wusa99 stopped by the Zoo to learn more about endangered and critically endangered animals 🐢 🐒 🐸 and how you can help…m9aO
💕We're squirming with excitement over this year's black-footed ferret kits! Our team has welcomed three litters since 4/20, with a total of 12 surviving kits! Two litters are pictured, born 4/20 & 5/12. More kits are on the way this summer!#EndangeredSpeciesDayy#WeSaveSpeciessx
🐝 “Shrink” to bee-size and learn the story of pollination—from bee to food production—at our Me and The Bee playground! . . . Me and the Bee is an inclusive playground with ADA-accessible features and is made possible by support from farmer-owned cooperative@LandOLakesIncc.b
🤔🦍🦧 Have you ever wondered why there is a bee-autiful mural on the façade of the Great Ape House? This larger-than-life swarm of honeybees @goodofthehiveive artist Matthew Willey highlights the importance of pollinator conservation! 🐝🐝🐝 .#WorldBeeDayBrzTk5g
🐼🐾 Giant pandas have a pseudothumb—an elongated + enlarged wrist bone covered with a fleshy pad of skin—which they use to grasp bamboo. For Xiao Qi Ji, this bone comes in handy for grasping toys, too! Enjoy this Giant Panda Ca#throwbackck sponsored b@Boeingng#GP505#PandaStoryrz5
We are sad to share that our male harbor seal, Rabbit, died May 13. He was 15 years old. Keepers fondly remember Rabbit’s eagerness and dependability during husbandry training sessions. Our Zoo family misses him dearly. More:
Piggyback off this for #BearAwarenessWeek: Sloth bears are the only bear species to carry their cubs on their back for an extended period of time.🐻🐻 Find more beary fun facts i@ZooGuardiansns! Downloa#ZooGuardiansns for free on Apple or Android
🐻🐜 Sloth bears are built specifically for sucking up insects; they have a long muzzle, floppy lips, a nose flap that can close, a concave palate, and their two front top incisors are missing. They can vacuum up half a million termites a day! 👋Meet Niko + Deemak at Asia TraikLs
❤️🐻 It's bear awareness week! Boost your bear IQ with these fun facts about Andean bears. Then, get to know our bears – Billie Jean, Quito and Brienne – in this update from animal keeper Sara Colandrea! ✏️
💌🐼 Send a little love to our giant pandas! Our new collectible stamp folio features all eight bears who have called the Zoo home, from Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing to Xiao Qi Ji. . . . 📮 LEARN . . #GP50P#PandaversaryaNzf
🐦🐣 Happy World Migratory Bird Day! Live bird friendly by starting with these seven ways to make your home and lifestyle better for birds and the planet. 📝7 SIMPLE . . . 📸: Wood ThrDSp8
💦🦎 Hellbender, snot otter and devil dog are just a few names for the Americas’ largest salamander. With such unique (and eyebrow-raising) names, it’s not surprising these salamanders attract attention! Learn more from animal keeper Matt Neff. ✏️
1, 2, 3, 400 million⁉️ The largest prairie dog colony ever recorded spanned over 25,000 square miles + was home to an estimated 400 million prairie dogs! Start your own colony in @ZooGuardians. 📲Download#ZooGuardianss for free on Apple + Android
🦠 Did you know that all animals have trillions of microscopic bacteria living inside them? Even you! These microbiomes play an important role in keeping animals healthy. Learn more about mighty microbes from Genomics fellow Dr. Sally Bornbusch. ✏️
🐸💚 Meet the cutest clump of “moss” you ever did see: the Vietnamese mossy frog! In spring, the Reptile Discovery Center team celebrated the arrival of 50 hatchlings. Learn how keepers set the mood for mating from assistant curator Matt Evans. ✏️
🦓 Young animals learn what to eat, how to behave and more from their parents. For Yipes, our Hartmann’s mountain zebra colt, those lessons most recently came from his father, Rogan. Get the latest update from SCBI animal keeper Tara Buk. ✏️
🦍🎉🦧 In April (or Ape-ril), many of our great apes celebrated their birthdays, including western lowland gorillas Moke and Mandara! Get the late#GorillaStoryory update from primate keeper Erin Stromberg. ✏️
❤️ From our wild family 🦧 🐆 🐼 to yours, Happy Mother's DaYta
🐸🦠 For decades, scientists have wondered whether the key to saving frogs from the deadly chytrid fungus lies in their skin. Could they modify bacteria found in the frogs’ mucus layer and create a “living pharmacy” on the frogs? ✏️
Virtually fly into the world of birds 🐦 5/11 at 1pm! Learn about the techniques scientists use to study birds, like bird banding. This free K-6 webinar is open to all group sizes, includes live captioning &#ASLL interpretation. 💻REGISTER
Blue crabs🦀 & wolfberries are staple foods in a whooping crane's diet, but they also eat terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, snakes & rodents. Whooping cranes are@ZooGuardianss Animal of the Month! 📲Download for free on Android + Apple
Swift waters rush us into #SalamanderSaturday! 🦎 Check out how Reptile Discovery Center animal keeper, Matt Neff, cares for and studies the largest salamander in the Americas: the hellbender. 📝
The Appalachian ecosystem is home to more salamander species than any other region on the planet. Of the estimated 700 salamander species in the world, 54 call Virginia home. Take a (virtual) trip & salamander sleuth with our Reptile Discovery Center team!…
🐸❤️🐸 Set the mood . . . with science! To save critically endangered harlequin toads (Atelopus) from extinction, Zoo scientists are developing assisted reproduction and sperm cryopreservation methods to help frogs in human care reproduce. . . .#AmphibianWeekeUN
🐸🦠🧪 Zoo scientists can understand a frog's susceptibility to amphibian chytrid without exposing it to the fungus by giving it a bath! Then, they mix the bath water (w/ mucus from the frog's skin) with a chytrid culture to see if it inhibits the fungus' growt#AmphibianWeekeuvM
🐸🦠 Harlequin toads (Atelopus) are brightly colored, beautiful and up against a formidable foe: the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus. 👩‍🔬🔬👨‍🔬 Our scientists are studying 5 critically endangered Atelopus species and working with partners around the world to save#WorldFrogDayFIFiZiPS
🐸Armed with tiny radio transmitter “backpacks,” these Limosa harlequin frogs are helping scientists better understand frog lives in Panama’s rainforest. 📡 Partners at th@AmphibianRescueue help us keep track of the frogs’ movements.
🐸 Hoppy Amphibian Awareness Week! Can you tell a fantastic frog from a terrific toad? (Hint: there are 4 key differences between them.) Test your amphibian knowledge with the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project! 🧠LEARN
💧 With a sleek, eel-like body and beady eyes, the aquatic caecilian is quite an unusual amphibian! Check out some of Amazonia keeper Denny Charlton’s favorite fun facts about these wiggly wonders. ✏️KEEPER . . . #AmphibianWeekkB
👀🐸 Look closely. Even though these frogs differ in color, pattern + shape, they’re all the exact same species! Using DNA barcoding, scientist Jessica Deichmann is working to identify these “masters of disguise.” ✏️ . . .#AmphibianWeekeCa
🐸🌧️🦗 Amphibians need specialized habitats, atmospheres and food in order to thrive. Leap into learning what it takes to care for frogs from Matt Evans, assistant curator of the Reptile Discovery Center. ✏️
🐸🦎 Hop int#AmphibianWeekek with an interactive online tour from the Zoo. What is an amphibian? Why are they important? Explore these questions and more as you learn about the three groups of amphibians and what you can do to help conserve them.
Our team is devastated and mourning the loss of 25 American flamingos and one Northern pintail duck killed by a wild fox yesterday in the Zoo’s outdoor flamingo habitat.
The secret to salamanders’ survival may be in their slimy secretions. SCBI scientist Carly Muletz Wolz is swabbing salamanders in Shenandoah, looking for disease-fighting microbes that live in the mucus on their skin. ✏️STORY: . . . #AmphibianWeek
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center’s quantitative ecologist Allie Anderson, PhD uses math & maps to save shorebirds. 🌊 Learn about Allie's unZOOsual career on 5/6 at 1pm in a free, live captioned &#ASLL interpreted
🦎👋 Did you know that salamanders can *literally* give you a hand—then grow it back? Check out Reptile Discovery Center keeper Matt Neff’s top 6 salamander facts! ✏️ . . .#AmphibianWeekeLH
🦎👀📏 Japanese giant salamanders breathe through their skin, have impossibly small eyes and can grow up to 5 feet long! Get the scoop on these freshwater giants from Reptile Discovery Center keeper Kyle Miller. . . #AmphibianWeekehBP
🐼🎂 Learn how to make a celebratory cake that's fit for a giant panda's palate from Department of Nutrition Science keeper Nick Schiraldi! ✏️ . . .#GP5050 is sponsored b@Boeingng. . . .#Pandaversaryr#PandaStoryry
Put down some roots! 🌳 Abyssinian ground hornbills are primarily terrestrial birds, but require a tree in their habitat to nest. 📲Find out how to care for these hornbills i@ZooGuardiansns! Downloa#ZooGuardiansns for free on Android & Apple
🕐🦎💦 On May 1 at 3 p.m., travel back in time and meet a truly prehistoric critter: the Japanese giant salamander! Celebra#AmphibianWeekeek with a live Q+A from our Reptile Discovery Center, hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service! ✏️
🐼❤️ Eight giant pandas have called the Zoo home, every one of them 🐾pawsitively precious. 🛒SHOP . . . Don’t miss our 50th Pandaversary pop-up shop! Available through Saturday, April 30. . .#GP50P#Pandaversarya#PandaStoryomWz
🌈🐼 Join us to celebrate the beauty & uniqueness of every family on May 1 for International Family Equality Day! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., meet a Zoo nutritionist, enjoy special 🌈 animal enrichment demonstrations, attend keeper talks &
❤️🐵 Peek-a-Boo, there's a new face at the Zoo! For the second time in 6 months, Small Mammal House keepers are celebrating the birth of a golden-headed lion tamarin. The baby is the third surviving offspring for parents Lola and Coco. Keepers say the curious newborn is curious!q
Our volunteers have an unwavering commitment to support our mission to study, care for and help save animals. Thank you. 🐐 ♥️ �…hp
One kudu, two kudu! 🥳 Cheetah Conservation Station keepers welcomed two lesser kudu calves earlier this year. ♂️ Zahi was born to 1st-time mom, Gal. Jamilah was born to 4th-time mom, Rogue, & is the first female lesser kudu born at the Zoo! LEARN
🐆🐆Which one of Rosalie's 6-month-old cubs is the largest?📏 Most independent? Sweetest?💕 We reveal the cub's personalities in the lat#CheetahCubdatedate.🐆 Plus, see photos of the cubs lounging on their first set of cheetah “
🐵🎵🐵 The cool new couple at Gibbon Ridge are smart, sweet and specialize in singing duets — say hello to siamangs Adi and Guntur! Get to know this dynamic duo from primate keeper Carly Hornberger. ✏️
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