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🐼 🐾 🔵 Giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji is having a ball! During his week-long birthday celebration, keepers presented him with a new enrichment item each day. Get t#PandaStoryory scoop from assistant curator of giant pandas Laurie Thompson. ✏️
❤️🐼 Time flies fast, so savor the sweet moments. There’s still time to snag merchandise commemorating giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s first birthday! 🥳🎉Shop the limited-edition
🐺Three howls for#NationalDogDayy! The largest canine is the grey wolf! Males can grow up of 6 ft. 9 in. long and weigh up to 175 pounds. 🐺🐺Start your own pack @ZooGuardiansans today! #ZooGuardiansians is free to download on Apple + Android
We're sad to share that our last meerkat, Dogo, was humanely euthanized Aug. 23 following a recent decline in health. He was a wonderful and charismatic ambassador for his species and will be greatly missed. LEARN MORE:
Each August, the Black-footed Ferret Species Survival Plan assesses the entire black-footed ferret population in human care + determines where the ferrets should go next: to the wild or a breeding center! 📝👉Find out which path Potpie + her kits are
🐢 What makes Home's hinge-back tortoise unique? Their shells! The carapace—the top part of the shell—has a hinge that allows the tortoise to close itself completely into its shell for protection. 👋 See them at the Reptile Discovery Center1m
🏝️🦆 How do you make a migratory bird's Zoo habitat a home? You bring the outdoors indoors! Learn how the Bird House team creates enriching environments from keeper Shelby Burns.✏️
🐦🗡️🦗 Meet the loggerhead shrike, a.k.a. the “butcher bird.” It earned that nickname for the way it hunts—by impaling its prey on sharp objects such as thorns and barbed wire fences. LEARN
🥳🐼The celebration continues! In honor of giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji's 1st birthday@ZooGuardiansns is throwing a party. 🎁📲Claim your free, limited-edition gift with promo code: Panda2021. 🐼📲Dow#ZooGuardiansrdians for free on Apple + Android
🐼 Celebrate Xiao Qi Ji’s first birthday in style! Treat yourself to limited-edition merchandise commemorating our “little miracle’s” big day. 🛍Shop the
Happy first birthday to our giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji. The growing cub is a testament to the care of mother Mei Xiang and our incredible @NationalZoo team. Hear from giant panda keeper Mariel Lally about little Xiao Qi Ji’s personality. #PandaStory
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🥳🐼 Hip hip hooray, it's Xiao Qi Ji's birthday! Our giant panda cub and his mother, Mei Xiang, received two panda-friendly fruitsicle cakes made with frozen-diluted grape and apple juice, sweet potato, apple, pear, carrot, sugar cane, bamboo and lots of love. ❤️#PandaStoryo7n5
Together with colleagues from China, we have contributed 4 cubs to the giant panda population, including Xiao Qi Ji! China’s new Ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, reflects on our precious panda’s special day and our shared goal to conserve the species. #PandaStory
🐼 ✨ Unlike the joy our precious panda cub sparks, our limited-edition Xiao Qi Ji collection won't last forever. Shop (and save species) while supplies last! 🛍️ 🎁
❤️🐼 How do you measure a year of giant panda cub squeals, snuggles, pounces and tumbles? On the eve of Xiao Qi Ji’s first birthday, celebrate with a look back at the moments that forever stole our hearts.#PandaStoryy . . . 🥳🎂 JOIN THE
🥳 🐼 Celebrating Xiao Qi Ji’s birthday on Aug. 21? Dress to impress! Giant panda keeper Mariel is packing plenty of panda cub cuteness and flair. Treat yourself to limited-edition merch commemorating our “little miracle’s” big day. . . . 🛍️ 🎁
❤️🐼 When it comes to husbandry training, Xiao Qi Ji is a quick learner (and a very good boy)! Go behind the scenes with keeper Mariel Lally as she teaches our giant panda cub to voluntarily participate in his own healthcare. . . . #PandaStoryyY
Our black-footed ferret kits are three months old today!🥳 Take a peak at our live ferret webcam and you may spot them periscoping, or 👀peaking their head out of the tube or flowerpot top to view their surroundings before venturing out. WATCH THE
❤️🦧 Our primate team is celebrating#WorldOrangutanDayy by eating like an orangutan! In Borneo and Sumatra, orangutans primarily eat fruit. Durian—known for its pungent smell and unique flavor—is a favorite food of wild orangutans. 🧠LEARN MOREorangutanssp.orgO1ai
🥳 🐼 Go WILD for Xiao Qi Ji’s birthday! 🐾 Step out in stylish tees. ☕ Stay in and sip from a sweet mug. 🛍️ Carry your love for pandas with you wherever you go. ❤️ SHOP + SAVE
🐼 🌳 When giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji was 7 months old, he started branching out and discovered new places to play#PandaStoryry 🎂 On Aug. 21 at 7:30 a.m., watch the birthday boy enjoy a panda-friendly fruitsicle cake on the Giant Panda Cam!
🐼 👅 At 4 months old, giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji nibbled on everything from his paws and enrichment toys to mother Mei Xiang’s ears#PandaStoryry 🥳 🎁 Sink your teeth into our limited-edition collection inspired by the birthday bear himself! ❤️
❤️🐼 See and listen to the joyous moment one year ago when giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji was born Aug. 21, 2020, at 6:35 p.m.!#PandaStoryy . . . 🥳🐾 Get your paws on adorable commemorative merchandise bearing our “little miracle” cub’s likeness.
🥳🐼 What’s in store for Xiao Qi Ji’s birthday celebration? 🐾 Get your paws on adorable commemorative merch bearing our “little miracle” cub’s likeness. Unlike the joy Xiao Qi Ji sparks, this limited-edition drop won't last forever. 🎁 SHOP
ICYMI the pandamonium 🐼 at yesterday’s@Nationalss game. 🎍⚾…kp
I was deeply honored to throw the first pitch at the @Nationals game today. The #Smithsonian175 Anniversary at Nationals Park this week is such a special way to celebrate our anniversary.  ⚾️…
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Hey batter, batter! ⚾🎉 The Zoo is celebrating@smithsoniann 175th birthday at the@Nationalss game today. In honor of the festivities,@ZooGuardianss players can score a home run with promo code: ZGPlayBall21 + receive this free limited-edition 🦅 statue for their zoo#NATITUDEDI2
🥳We're celebrating@ZooGuardianss' 1st anniversary today! 🦁📲Create your own zoo + discover what it takes to care for endangered animals 🦅🐘🐸 from Smithsonian animal exper#ZooGuardiansardians is free to download on Google Play + in
💚🦎 Show some love to our scaly friends on World Lizard Day! Alligator lizards are native to the humid canopy of Mexico's cloud forests. They live 130 feet above the forest floor and use their prehensile tails to navigate the treetops. See them at the Reptile Discovery Center8H
🎉Happy Anniversary@ZooGuardianss! 🐼📲Check out the Zoo's Instagram Story to catch some virtual friends taking over the Zoo. 🥳Celebrate by sharing your favorite game moments w#ZooGuardiansians. Download Zoo Guardians for free on Android + Apple
Leaping lemurs! 🎉📱Get your party hats on and get ready for a special virtual visit via the Zoo's Instagram on Aug. 14. 👉Hop over to the Zoo's Instagram Story throughout the day to check it out and celebrate with
❤️🐼 One year ago on Aug. 21, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed Xiao Qi Ji—a precious giant panda born in the midst of a global pandemic. Take a look back at his top 12 milestones that left panda fans in awe and ‘aww.’ ✏️ . . . #PandaStoryyh
🌏🐘 In the wild, Asian elephants face threats from poaching, habitat loss and human-elephant conflict. By tracking elephants, our scientists are piecing together the puzzle of how elephants interact with the land—and people. 📽️
❤️ SCBI keepers + scientists are celebrating the birth of two scimitar-horned oryx calves born via artificial insemination! A male was born July 9, and a female was born July 10. The calves are doing well and bonding with their mothers + herd. LEARN MORE:
🍎🐘 Every day, our female elephants eat ~135 lbs of food each. Throughout the day, they forage for hay, elephant chow, bran, oats, fruits + veggies. Male Spike may eat 2x that amount. 💩 But what goes in must come out. They make 50-60 boluses (dung balls) a da#TonsOfLoveowqK
🐘How do keepers give elephants pedicures or collect blood samples? During training sessions, keepers use targets, hand signals and verbal cues to ask animals to voluntarily present body parts. Elephants receive hay cubes as a reward! ✏️
🎂🐼 Celebrate giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji’s upcoming birthday Aug. 21—an@ZooGuardiansns’ first anniversary Aug. 14—with an update from giant panda keeper and real-life Zoo Guardian, Nicole MacCorkle! ✏️ . . .#PandaStoryr#ZooGuardiansns
🦁🐾 Happy World Lion Day! A male lion’s age, genetics and hormones determine both the length and color of its mane, which can range from blonde to reddish-brown or blackj7
Happy 175th birthday, @smithsonian! Our conservation legacy began with William Temple Hornaday's desire to save American bison + other endangered animals from disappearing. Today, we lead the Smithsonian's effort to save species! ✏️: #Smithsonian175…
🥚 Stripy, slithery, splendid! For the first time in 25 years, European glass lizards have hatched at the Reptile Discovery Center! Finding the "recipe" to breed these animals was a labor of love for our team, says assistant curator Matt Evans. ✏️
🐵👂🌳 Gibbons defend their territories by making loud calls that can echo for miles. They compose complex songs of deep “booms,” blaring “wows” and barks, that start off slow and then grow faster. Siamangs have throat pouches that inflate to amplify their callT0J
🏝️🦆 How do you make a migratory bird's Zoo habitat a home? You bring the outdoors indoors! Learn how the Bird House team creates enriching environments from keeper Shelby Burns.✏️
🐱🐯Big and small — celebrate them all! 🥳🐆 Wishing all the great cats a purrf#InternationalCatDaytDay.🐈 Looking for a cat to celebrate with? No paw-blem! Visit lions, tigers, cheetahs, sand cats + more at the Zoo or 💻tune into the live Lion
😋Hungry for a tasty treat? 🐒🌳Marmosets eat fruit, flowers, invertebrates, small reptiles and the gum of trees, which is produced by trees' defense system against damage to its bark. These monkeys are the only primates that regularly gouge their own holes to tap this guODI
☀️🐼🧊 On sunny summer days, the giant panda team helps our bears beat the heat by offering them refreshing fruitsicles. They create these treats by mixing equal parts fruit juice and water. Once frozen, they're ready for Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji to enjoy#PandaStoryr3O
Ferrets dance! Young black-footed ferrets will arch their backs and hop backward with their mouths wide open, a display known as the "ferret dance." Catch Aster, Aspen and Swifty "dancing", running + playing in their habitat! 💻🎥LIVE
Hold your breath! 🦎💦Chinese crocodile lizards can remain underwater for extended periods of time by regulating their respiratory rate. This ability aids in escaping predators + hunting 🦎👉Dive in for a closer look at the Reptile Discovery
🐆 Meet Ariel, a sweet and social clouded leopard at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute! She has the smarts to solve puzzle feeders + seems smitten with her beau-to-be, Ta Moon. 📝Celebrat#CloudedLeopardDayay with the scoop on these cool
Be all the wiser for #OwlAwarenessDay!🦉 Not all owls are nocturnal. ☀️Snowy owls are diurnal, or most active during the day. Awaken your inner owl-lover with more wise facts in@ZooGuardianss! #ZooGuardiansns is free to download on Android + Apple
Celebrate #CloudedLeopardDay today with Paitoon and Jilian on Asia Trail! Clouded leopards are one of the most ancient cat species. However, they are neither a true great cat nor a true small cat, because they cannot roar or purr.…
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