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Featured Creature Days

FONZ and the National Zoo host a variety of fun and educational special days to celebrate some special animals.

These family-friendly events offer:

  • educational and fun activities for children
  • keeper talks
  • animal demonstrations
  • no tickets are required
  • free and open to the public

2015 Featured Creature Day Schedule

Saturday, April 11: Enrichment Day

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Great Meadow
Enrichment day at the National Zoo has something for everybody. This free, family-friendly event takes place on the Great Meadow from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and features:

  • Fun, educational activities for children and adults
  • Enrichment-themed keeper talks
  • Animal demonstrations
Learn how Zoo staff employ fun and creative ways to keep the animals at the National Zoo physically and mentally active. You might even pick up some tips on how to create enrichment activities for your pets at home!

Saturday, May 9: Migratory Bird Day

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Bird House Plateau
International Migratory Bird Day is back where it all began at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. This free, family-friendly event takes place at the Bird House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and features:

  • Guided birding walks
  • Bird banding demonstrations
  • A variety of fun and educational activities for kids
  • Animal demonstrations and keeper talks
Meet staff and scientists from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Learn about the conservation work of the Smithsonian and the Zoo's upcoming Bird House renovation project. There will be something for everyone, so bring the whole flock!

Saturday, August 8: Wildlife Trafficking Day

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Multiple Exhibits
Biodiversity faces threats on many fronts, including the huge demand for exotic pets and animal products made from at-risk species. It's a major problem that impacts wildlife populations around the world. Join us at this free public event to learn how you can help stop it. This free event features:

  • Educational booths and activities
  • Animal demonstrations
  • Keeper and scientists' talks
  • A special exhibit highlighting efforts to combat wildlife trafficking
Learn more about the species impacted by wildlife trafficking, what the Smithsonian's National Zoo is doing to help, and what role you can play in saving wildlife around the world.

Saturday, September 12: Conservation Science Day

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Multiple Exhibits
How can a commercial airliner help track elephant movements in Asia? How is global warming impacting salamander species in the Shenandoah Valley? How can scientists rebuild a healthy black-footed ferret population from just few remaining individuals? Join us at the National Zoo to find out the answers to these questions and many more. This free public education event features:

  • Presentations from animal care staff
  • Smithsonian scientists' talks
  • Animal demonstrations
  • Fun, educational activities for kids
Learn about the amazing work of Smithsonian scientists and the Zoo's mission to save species.

The above activities are subject to change in the event of inclement or unseasonably cold weather.