Watch two grumpy National Zoo tiger cubs take their swim tests

Before they can become part of National Zoo's exhibit, Sumatran tiger cubs have to show that they can swim in the exhibits moat. Watch two unhappy cubs get their feet—and the rest of their bodies—wet. » 11/09/13 9:30am 11/09/13 9:30am

It's a cub! Watch the National Zoo's Giant Panda give birth

Get out the party hats, a giant panda has been born! Yesterday afternoon, Mei Xiang, one of the ursine residents of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, gave birth to another little cub. Time to turn on the panda cam! » 8/24/13 8:00am 8/24/13 8:00am

Sad Panda News. Warning: do not read if you were planning on having a…

We've got some absolutely heartbreaking news here at Panda Watch. The cub that was born last week to Mei Xiang, The National Zoo's giant panda, has died. Zoo officials report that more information is forthcoming, but, as of this morning, details surrounding the cub's sudden passing are sparse: » 9/24/12 7:30am 9/24/12 7:30am

Drop everything — a baby panda was just born at The National Zoo, and…

Clear your schedules, people, you're all booked solid for the rest of the afternoon. The occasion? Last night, a baby panda was born at The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and — because baby pandas are awesome and productivity is overrated — the zoo's panda team has set up TWO baby panda cams. » 9/17/12 12:55pm 9/17/12 12:55pm

And now, enjoy an elephant playing the harmonica

When inspiration strikes, Shanthi, an elephant living at Washington, DC's National Zoo, moseys over to a harmonica and plays a jaunty tune. See if you could dance to elephant-composed music in the video above. » 5/06/12 11:00am 5/06/12 11:00am

Scientists have recorded the first experimental evidence that elephants…

Elephants have always been recognized as intelligent, but the spark of insight — the ability to suddenly arrive at the solution to a problem by running problem-solving scenarios in your head (as opposed to repeated attempts at trial and error) — is something that has never been observed experimentally in the brainy… » 8/22/11 4:00pm 8/22/11 4:00pm