Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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

2014 Featured Creature Day Schedule

Saturday, September 6: Vulture Day

Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Cheetah Conservation Station
Vulture DayCelebrate 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.

Saturday, September 27: Sloth Day

Time: 10am-2pm
Lcoation: Small Mammal House
Sloth Day 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.

Did you know?

You can recycle your cell phone and other electronic devices, and help the Zoo and wildlife at the same time? Bring your old cell phones, chargers, accessories, MP3 players, handheld game systems, GPS handheld units, laptops, E-readers, digital cameras, and portable hard drives to the Zoo. You can drop them in a receptacle in the lobby of the visitor center! Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) sends them to our partner ECO-CELL to be safely recycled or refurbished. FONZ then receives money for these items that is used to support conservation efforts around the Zoo.

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.