National Zoo News

Happy Holidays

We save species. And so can you.

With your help, the Smithsonian's National Zoo raised more than 100 animal babies this year. We opened American Trail. Our research and conservation efforts have helped zoos in the U.S. and abroad. But our mission isn't finished. And neither is yours.

Holiday 2012

*Roar * Whoop * Hiss*

Our animals can't speak human. But if they could, they would thank you. You visit them in person and on our webcams. You get e-newsletters to keep up with their milestones. Most of all, you care about their conservation.

'Tis the season of thanks . . . and giving. It's not hard to find the items below in other stores. But you know that 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. And much more.

So, share this gift guide with your friends and family (both naughty and nice). On behalf of the animals we care for: thank you.


Shop and Save Species

Season's Greetings $2.50

NCAAZK Holiday Cards

With a little help from their keepers, our merry meerkats, kiwi, and red pandas are getting into the holiday spirit! At a "meer" $2.50 each, these one-of-a-kind greeting cards are sure to warm every animal-lover's heart. Need cards for all occasions? Pick out your favorite animal art—featuring 40 feathery, furry, and scaly species.


Proceeds support National Capital Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (NCAAZK), an organization dedicated to Animal Keeper training and development. Stock up on holiday greetings

Deck the Halls $15

Danbury Ornament

Whether you're trimming the tree or just sprucing up your home, our collectable "Wild Baby Ornaments"—crafted by Danbury Mint—will add holiday cheer to your décor. Sculpted of cold-cast porcelain, each ornament is hand-painted and comes complete with a festive green ribbon. Need another reason to be jolly? Your first ornament is FREE! Learn more

Don We Now Our Zoo Apparel $24

Urban Outfitters Zoo Tee

Toss out that ugly holiday sweater! We've got you covered with our new line of Smithsonian tees, available at Urban Outfitters stores and online. A breathtaking photo of African lion Luke in the snow will keep you stylish all winter! Shop Urban Outfitters

Fancy creating your own tee? Check out our Café Press online store and choose from more than 30 images to adorn apparel, tote bags, and more. Create your own Zoo gifts

Put a Cheetah Under the Tree $50 (and up)

Adopt a Species

Justin and Carmelita are growing up. Celebrate our cheetah cubs this holiday season with an Adopt a Species package. With a $65 Adopt Package, your special someone will receive a gift set that includes a cuddly plush cheetah, a colorful photo, and an adoption certificate delivered inside an "animal carrier" box. Adopt a Species

The cubs received their Olympic-inspired names in August and since have become quite the celebrities! With the $50 Adopt Package, you'll receive a framed replica paw print "autograph" to add to your wall of fame. Proceeds from these packages purchase medical supplies for the Zoo's 2,000 residents.

Figures with a Festive Flair $17 (and up)


Talk about artistic personality! Meet twoolies—one-of-a-kind wool animals that will brighten your home with their cheerful colors and clever patterns. Each twooly is hand-crafted from natural wool by Toztzil weavers in South Mexico. Mixing trendy concepts with ancestral native designs, twoolies deserve prominent placement on your shelf. Styles: tiger, monkey, elephant, and frog (not pictured). To order, contact FONZ Merchandise by calling or emailing

Fun for Fauna

Enrichment Giving Tree

Gift giving is for the birds…and the apes…and the anteater! When you puy a present for a Zoo animal, you help in a BIG way!


Items such as the octopus's puzzle feeder, the lion pride's boomer ball, and the sea lions' Frisbee give animals the chance to make choices in their habitats and encourage natural problem-solving behaviors. Give a gift to a grr-eat zoo animal

Stocking Stuffers

Chopsticks for Salamanders $15

In one year, China cuts down 25 million hardwood trees to make chopsticks. The species they shelter are also disappearing—and fast.

That's why National Zoo keepers created Chopsticks for Salamanders, a campaign to raise awareness of habitat loss and offer a solution: stainless steel reusable chopsticks. All proceeds support salamander conservation, education, and research.

Feast for Conservation


Grab 'n' Go Tote $3

Coming to ZooLights this year? Pop into any Zoo store and pick up an eco-friendly tote. Featuring fun cheetah, elephant, and giant panda graphics, these spacious bags make great stocking stuffers for the animal enthusiast on the go! In stores only.


Find this great gift during your next visit to the Zoo.

For the Family

A Gift of Elephantine Proportions $20 (and up)


If you're passionate about pachyderms, give your loved ones a gift they'll never forget: a behind-the-scenes tour of Elephant Trails!


This rare opportunity to see the elephant barn offers a peek into our keepers' world. Watch them interact with the Zoo's elephants, and see artifacts (such as teeth and poop) up close. Tours take place at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.


Proceeds purchase toys and other enrichment items for Asian elephants Ambika, Shanthi, and Kandula.


Book a tour

The Gift of Giving

Giant Panda


Join FONZ $40 (and up)

What's the best way to help wildlife? Become a Friend of the National Zoo!


Whether you're gifting a membership or treating yourself, becoming a FONZ Member shows that you're saving species. There are benefits to your generosity:


  • Free parking
  • Discounts on merchandise and event tickets
  • Invitations to members-only events
  • . . . And much more!


What's the special deal this holiday season? Sign up and receive the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Smithsonian Zoogoer and a 2013 calendar featuring our adorable animal babies.


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