FONZ and the National Zoo host a variety of fun and educational special days to celebrate some special animals.
These family-friendly events offer:
Location: Reptile Discovery Center
The world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. This event will highlight the National Zoo’s amphibian conservation work and will feature Smithsonian scientists discussing research and amphibian conservation projects from around the world. With educational and fun activities for children and adults, keeper talks and animal demonstrations visitors can learn how they can help save amphibians where they live.
Location: Pachyderm Plaza in front of the Elephant Community Center and locations throughout the Zoo.
Enrichment day has something for everybody. This free family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children and adults, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. Find out about the fun and creative forms of enrichment offered to the animals at the National Zoo and learn easy ways to keep the animals in your life healthy, happy and engaged through enrichment at home.
Location: Asia Trail and Andean Bears
Become more Bear Aware at our free family-friendly event celebrating bears of all kinds. This event offers educational and fun activities for children, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. Learn how to bear-proof a camp site, compare bears from around the world and take the Bear Awareness pledge!
Location: Great Ape House
Celebrate great apes and learn all about our amazing Gorillas, Orangutans and Gibbons at this fun, free, educational event. Great Ape Day will include keeper talks, animal demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family. Learn about ape family dynamics, Zoo animal care, and the fascinating cognitive studies being undertaken by National Zoo.
Location: Cheetah Conservation Station
Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day with a visit to the National Zoo. Learn all about these misunderstood scavengers including the vital role they play in a healthy ecosystem and the threats to survival vultures around the world face. This fun, educational event will feature keeper talks, educational activities for adults and kids, and special animal demonstration featuring our vultures.
Lcoation: Small Mammal House
Turn your world upside down at the National Zoo’s Sloth Day event. Visit the Small Mammal House during this fun family-friendly event and learn all about Sloths and their habitats. Take part in educational and fun activities for children and adults; listen to keeper talks, and watch live Sloth demonstrations.
The above activities are subject to change in the event of inclement or unseasonably cold weather.
Recycling electronics helps reduce mining for coltan, a metallic ore used in cell phones and laptops. The mining of this material is a great threat to the gorilla’s habitat! Recycling and refurbishing these items keeps dangerous materials out of landfills.