Image description: The live panda cams at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are now streaming uninterrupted video. They were offline for system upgrades.
The Zoo’s panda team conducts behavior research using the panda cams and remotely watches both bears.
Photo from the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.
Image description: President Obama spends some quality time with first dog Bo.
Photo from the White House.
Image description: The sloth bear cub, Hank, recently made his public debut at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. He is the first sloth bear born at the Zoo in seven years.
Hank and his mother, Hana, have spent the past six months in a den near the Asia Trail exhibit. Now that he is adept at climbing, the Zoo’s animal care staff are confident he can conquer the yard’s complex climbing structures and varied terrain.
Photo from Smithsonian’s National Zoo. View more photos of Hank.
National Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2013. Pollinators are animals that help pollinate 35 percent of the world’s crops and more than 75 percent of our flowering plants. Animals like bees, bats and butterflies carry pollen from one plant to another as they collect nectar. They are essential to growing many foods, such as apples, oranges, almonds, chocolate and coffee. Of the 100 crop species providing 90 percent of the world’s food, over 70 are pollinated by bees.
Animal pollinators face many challenges in the modern world. Habitat loss, disease, parasites, and environmental contaminants have all contributed to the decline of many species of pollinators. Learn about Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder.
How to help pollinators
Image Description: U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Randy Tallman participates in a controlled aggression exercise with a military working dog at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mark El-Rayes, U.S. Navy.