The National Zoo is located in DC’s residential Wooden Park neighborhood and, like all Smithsonian museums, admission is free. The main entrance (you’ll know it by the two Instagram-friendly lion statues flanking the gate) is on Connecticut Avenue.
The National Zoo, which is handicapped and stroller accessible, is a large park with 18 distinct areas to explore. You’ll find animals from all over the world in various exhibits that are open like the Elephant Trails, Great Ape House, Cheetah Conservation Station and American Trail.
With world-class zoologists and conservationists on staff, every day offers an opportunity for visitors to learn even more about the National Zoo’s wild residents. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on our websites and social media.
See giant pandas, elephants, lions, naked mole-rats and cheetahs on animal cams streaming live, 24/7 from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. This packet is designed to engage students (grades K-5) in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats.
Get the full experience and book a tour There are also two entrances at the east side of the zoo, near Rock Creek Park.
One is off Rock Creek Parkway; the other is at the intersection of Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road. The zoo is open every day of the year except December 25, when it closes for Christmas.
In the colder months between October 1 and March 14, the grounds are only open until 5 p.m. and the exhibit buildings close at 4 p.m. Check out the zoo's daily program to see special events including animal training, feeding demonstrations, and zookeeper talks.
Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather ahead of time to see if you need to pack layers for the cold winter weather or extra water bottles in the hot summer. It serves Angus steak burgers, chicken shawarma, BBQ pulled pork, and more.
The former focuses on Asian-inspired plates such as noodles rice bowls, Thai coconut curry, and Korean BBQ beef while Panda Grill makes pizzas, meatball subs, and chicken tenders. Easter Monday : For more than 100 years, families have visited the National Zoo on Easter Monday to socialize and celebrate the holiday by joining an egg hunt, listening to live music, and playing lawn games.
Proceeds benefit a variety of programs at the National Zoo, including conservation and science projects, exhibit development and construction, and the zoo's revitalization project. Brew at the Zoo : Enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings from more than 70 local breweries as well as live music and food truck fare.
There are panels with conservation biologists, field ecologists, research scientists, veterinarians, and animal keepers as well as biodiversity workshops and wildlife labs. Children can enjoy hands-on activities and interpretive talks about some of the zoo's creepiest creatures.
The Smithsonian Biology Conservation Institute is a 3,200-acre facility operated by the National Zoo. It is located in Front Royal, Virginia, and houses between 30 and 40 endangered species.
Bears in the wild, including giant pandas, give birth in small dens. In China's Along Reserve, pandas make their dens in large hollow conifer trees, with a diameter of about 3 feet.
zookeepers strive to recreate these surroundings for Ma Xians. She always has access to her larger enclosures, though for the first few months of a cub's life she will spend the vast majority of her time in the den.
After giving birth, Ma Xians would eat and drink less often, mostly choosing to focus on her cub. This is normal behavior for a mother giant panda, and animal care staff continued to provide Ma Xians with fresh food and water daily.
Now, that the cub is larger and can regulate his own body temperature, Ma Xians feels comfortable leaving the den for longer periods to eat, and her appetite has returned to normal. When giant pandas give birth in the wild, mothers spend several months denied up with their cubs.
Scientists have observed giant panda mothers in the wild going as long as one month without eating or drinking. Like other bears, pandas seem to go through a metabolic shift during the summer months, when their food intake drops up to 75%.
The buzz sound you hear is electrical interference noise from the camera's microphone. In a statement, the Smithsonian said its top priority is to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff.
The Smithsonian Institution is closely monitoring guidance from local governments, public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In an email to staff, Smithsonian secretary Lonnie Bunch wrote: “Our gradual, cautious approach to reopening, starting in late July, allowed us to safely welcome visitors back to eight Smithsonian facilities in fulfillment of our public service mission.
Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Institution is laying off 237 employees in a bid to offset the ongoing financial losses caused by closures amid COVID-19. The Smithsonian, which oversees 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo, has lost $49 million since it closed in response to the pandemic in March.
National Museum of African American History and Culture National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian American Art Museum National Museum of American History National Museum of the American Indian Archives of American Art National Zoo National Portrait gallery Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Leading up to Monday people will still be able to visit the museums with a free timed-entry pass.
Outdoor gardens operated by Smithsonian will remain open to the public. The gardens at the Smithsonian museum grounds will be open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except for certain holidays.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This handout image released on August 21, 2021, by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo shows female giant panda Ma Xians after giving birth to a cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, in Washington, DC, August 21, 2021.
“We’re overjoyed to share that Ma Xians gave birth at 6:35 pm and is caring for her newborn attentively,” it added. Under the US-China agreement, the National Zoo pays $500,000 per year towards panda conservation efforts in China.
They weigh in at approximately 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and measure up to six feet (1.8 meters) long. Plan to have a wedding in the historic band stand, walk through our historic gardens or along the sand dunes, visit the Washington Park Zoo, spend the day at the beach then cool off in our FREE Oasis Splash Park.
A giant panda at a zoo in the United States has given birth to twin cubs. Keepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC only discovered Ma Xians was pregnant during an ultrasound scan last week.
Giant pandas are one of the most endangered species in the world and are notoriously hard to breed in captivity. Ma Xians, who has two other offspring, is one of the zoo's star attractions and a Panda Cam on her enclosure crashed within seconds of the birth of the first cub being announced because of the volume of interest.
Female pandas are able to conceive for only two or three days a year, leading to a very low reproduction rate. The Smithsonian's National Zoo community in Washington is mourning the loss of Amiga, the beloved eldest member of its Asian elephant herd.
The 72-year-old Indian elephant was humanely euthanized on Friday, following a recent and irreversible decline in her health. Elderly Asian Elephant Amiga Dies at Smithsonian's National Zoo, ” Indian Ambassador to US Transit Singh Sadhu tweeted.
Last week, keepers noticed that Amiga's right-front leg, which bore the brunt of her weight, developed a curve that weakened her ability to stand. Given her ancient age, decline, physically and socially, and poor long-term prognosis, they felt they had exhausted all treatment options and made the decision to humanely euthanize her.
Shanghai and Bowie were not present for the procedure but were given an opportunity to spend some time with their deceased herd mate given their close bond with her. Elephants will commonly touch the temporal glands, ear canal, mouth and trunk tip.
Elephant keepers have fondly reflected on Amiga's sense of humor, particularly during mealtimes, when the persnickety eater would arrange her grains to her liking before eating. Not only did this allow animal care staff to routinely monitor her health, but it also gave her the opportunity to help zoo scientists understand the behavior, biology, reproduction and ecology of Asian elephants.