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National Zoo Launches Text-to-Give Campaigns for Elephants and Frogs

This story comes to us from the Smithsonian National Zoo:

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has entered the mobile-giving marketplace with its latest “TEXT ELEPHANT” and “TEXT FROG” fundraising campaigns. Aimed at visitors on the go, animal enthusiasts and citizen conservationists, the Zoo’s text-to-give efforts allow people to easily and inexpensively contribute to saving endangered species.

By texting the keyword ELEPHANT or FROG to the number 20222 via a cell phone, a donation of $5 will be made to the Zoo’s conservation programs for elephants and frogs. The $5 donation option runs for a limited time and appears as a charge on a donor’s mobile-phone bill.

National Zoo’s Three Youngest Lion Cubs Appear Healthy and Strong

The story comes to us from the National Zoo:

At 2 weeks old, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s three African lion cubs born to 6-year-old Nababiep September 22 appear to be healthy, Zoo veterinarians said today, Wednesday, October 6, after completing the cubs’ first health exam.

“We’re happy to see that the cubs are growing and that each appears to be in good health,” said Dr. Jessica Siegal-Willott, supervisory veterinarian at the Zoo. “Naba has done a great job nursing them and we’ll continue to monitor their development.”

The veterinary team checked the cubs’ mouths and eyes, listened to their hearts and lungs and felt their bellies, but the animals are still too young to receive vaccines. The cubs weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.

National Zoo Artificially Inseminates Asian Elephant

Veterinarians and animal care staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo conducted a series of artificial insemination procedures on Shanthi, a 34-year old Asian elephant, Sept. 19, 20, 21 and 22 with sperm from elephants from the Fort Worth Zoo and Tulsa Zoo. A successful pregnancy would be an important milestone in the Zoo’s commitment to Asian elephant conservation.

Scientists will monitor the level of the hormone progesterone in Shanthi’s blood. If concentrations remain elevated past 10 weeks after insemination, it most likely would mean she is pregnant, which would be confirmed by an ultrasound. An Asian elephant’s gestation period ranges from 20 to 22 months.

Shanthi gave birth to Kandula in 2001. He was the fifth elephant in the world conceived by artificial insemination.

National Zoo Welcomes Three Lion Cubs To The World As 6-Year-Old Nababiep Gives Birth

The Smithsonian National Zoo has three more residents.  The Zoo's 6-year-old lion Nababiep gave birth to three cubs this morning, Wednesday, September 22nd.  Nababiep's delivery of the three cubs came just about three weeks after her 5-year-old sister, Shara, had four cubs of her own.

The father of the cubs, Luke, a 4-year-old lion, is also the father of Shara's cubs.

“We are very proud to play a role in the management of this important species,” said Dennis Kelly, director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. “I am thrilled that everyone can watch the cubs in the very early days of their lives via our webcam. I know visitors to the National Zoo will be excited to follow the cubs as they interact with the adults, play with one another and grow up.”

A video clip of the newest cubs is available on the Zoo’s YouTube page.

More Road Work for 18th Street Reconstruction Project

More construction in Dupont? Yup.

The community's latest renovations have begun on 18th Street between P Street, NW and New Hampshire Avenue, NW.  The road work is part of the 18th Street Reconstruction project to better serve pedestrians and public transportation throughout the neighborhood.

This 18th Street construction is just the latest in a series of upgrades that the District Department of Transportation has ordered for the area.  The project includes:

  • Street and sidewalk reconstruction

  • Traffic signal and streetlight upgrades

  • New crosswalks, bulb-outs and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) safety upgrades

  • Landscape and streetscape improvements

This is a multi-phase project, so stay tuned for more information.