National Zoo News


Brighter Than Ever

Our winter necessities include everything from animated light displays, seasonal food and drink, holiday shopping, and exotic animals—both live and in lights. Luckily, you'll find all of the above (plus snowless Zoo tubing and carousel rides) at ZooLights! It's wild, it's FREE

December 2012

You Wanna Ride a Tiger?

Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel

How can you visit forest, grassland, savannah and aquatic habitats all at the same time? Take a spin on the Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel! Fifty-eight animals adorn the hand-crafted ride; many of them are endangered species that Zoo scientists are working to save. As one of the only solar-powered carousels in the world, it's also environmentally friendly! Hop on during regular Zoo hours and at ZooLights. Take a spin

We Mustache You a Question

Tentacled Snake

How did the National Zoo celebrate Movember? With eight baby tentacled snakes! On Oct. 21, the Reptile Discovery Center was surprised to find these slithering serpents in their parents' tank. Tentacled snakes are aquatic, produce live young and are ambush hunters. They get their name from the unique tentacles that protrude from their snout that help them pick up vibrations from fish and other prey. Stop by and say hi! See some sophisticated snakes

What Creature is Stirring in Small Mammal House?

Short-Eared Elephant Shrew

Born in September, this short-eared elephant shrew is growing up fast and stirring up some cuteness in the Small Mammal House. Like his parents, this little one enjoys hunting crickets and exploring new sites, enrichment, and smells in his enclosure. This shrew species is renowned for being voracious eaters due to their high heart rate and metabolism. See this little guy and other small mammals during your next visit! See photos of mom and baby

Hey, Good Lookin'

Red Panda

Have you ever wondered how the National Zoo's red pandas find their mates? Keeper Stacey Tabellario gives a sneak peek at the inner workings of the red panda Species Survival Plan—a program that determines which animals to breed by considering their genetic makeup, nutritional and social needs, temperament and overall health. The results (compiled in the "stud book") this year could mean exciting developments for our red pandas! Get the scoop

Curious Creatures

Smithsonian Wild Camera Trap

Every year, more than 4 million people enjoy the popular Appalachian Trail, which extends from Maine to Georgia. With the help of citizen scientists and camera traps, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists looked at the effects of human activity in areas where various species live. Featured creatures include: white-tailed deer, raccoons, American black bears, Virginia opossum, coyotes, bobcats, and red and gray foxes .Peek at our candid camera photos

Spread Some Holiday Cheer

African lion

How can you make the holiday season merry and bright? Check out our holiday gift guide, where you'll find gifts for every homo sapien on your Nice List. Did you know: your shopping benefits our animals, too! By buying a National Zoo gift, you refurbish our animal's habitats, support breeding research, and provide toys that keep them physically and mentally active. On behalf of the animals we care for: thank you. Shop and save species

What's Up

Date Night

Zoo do you love? On Dec. 14, take someone special to a romantic event unlike anything else in the city. Stroll through the Zoo amidst thousands of twinkling lights and festive holiday displays.


Indulge in champagne and sweets, take a ride down our Zoo Tubing track, meet an invertebrate, and snuggle up for a holiday themed photo. Walk in our winter wonderland


Exploring Gabon's Gamba Complex

On Jan. 11, join Zoo scientists for a fun evening about Gabon's Gamba Complex. Enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeurves and mingle one-on-one with keepers and researchers about the Zoo's work here and abroad. Buy tickets

New at the Zoo

Who's Coming to Town?


What's the BIG excitement over the Small Mammal House's newest residents? We recently welcomed Geoffrey's marmosets and dwarf mongooses into our National Zoo family!


Plan your trip to the Zoo


Holstein Cow


Join the Pizza Party

We've cooked up a tasty idea. When you donate $100 or more to the FONZ Annual Appeal, you'll be invited to a VIP Pizza Party at the Kids' Farm!


The beloved giant Pizza Playground draws youngsters to learn where food comes from as they crawl, climb, and run through the Kids' Farm.


Get a piece of the pizza pie

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