Showcasing the diversity of the animal kingdom as represented across our museums, libraries and archives
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Bao Bao the panda cub proves that even little pandas can climb! Watch her show off her skills at the @Smithsonian National Zoo: http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/video/titles/29534/baby-panda-bao-bao-climbs-her-first-tree?a=latest&p=1
The Pink-headed Duck, Rhodonessa caryophyllacea, lived in wetlands of India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal. It was always considered uncommon or rare and was last definitely seen in the wild in 1949, surviving until around the same time in captivity. More about this species: http://eol.org/pages/1048524/details This skin is of a captive bird secured by Sir David Ezra supposedly from near Dhurbi, Assam/Bengal Border in the early 1930's. Image via Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, (cc-by-nc-sa)
The last undisputed sighting of a Bachman's Wood Warbler, Vermivora bachmanii, was near Charleston, South Carolina, USA in 1962. It is not known what caused the apparent extinction of this bird, but the draining of swamps and the large-scale replacement of bottomland forests and canebrake ecosystems with agriculture were most likely major factors. More about this species: http://eol.org/pages/1050918/details Image by Ludwig, Craig A. via Smithsonian Institution, NMNH, (cc-by-nc-sa)
X-ray Vision: Fish Inside Out, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), is an exhibit traveling to museums across the country through 2015. See the images & learn about the fish here: http://eol.org/collections/14770 Click on the image to play a fun memory game based on the x-ray images.