YP Happenings

YP Night

YP Night at ZooLights

YP Night is Friday, December 7. Grab a bite at one of our featured food trucks, enjoy a complimentary craft beer, and admire thousands of lights and animated exhibits featuring the Zoo's most popular animals! Registration is required—RSVP today!

November 2012

One Ferocious Love Affair

Tiger Intros

Keepers have begun introductions between two of the Zoo's Sumatran tigers, Kavi and Damai. Both cats are also being trained to permit voluntary injections, and Damai is receiving further training to allow voluntary ultrasounds! Read the latest tiger update | Adopt a Sumatran tiger!

The Twins Get Names!

Fishing Cat Names

Our fishing cat kittens have names thanks to a generous donor! They are Namfon (the girl) and Cutter (the boy) after Namfon Cutter, a field researcher who studies fishing cats in Thailand. Watch them grow up!

Bright Lights on the Horizon!

ZooLights 2012

Look out for ZooLights! Our annual festival of lights is FREE and will be open to the public between November 23 and New Year's Day! Enjoy fun and festive activies such as Zoo-tubing on Lion/Tiger Hill, taking a spin on our new Conservation Carousel, animal demonstrations in exhibit buildings, and touring our Zoomagination Station! And, as always, delicious treats and toasty drinks will be available to purchase!
Visit our ZooLights page

The Zoo Weathers Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

Thanks to our Zoo staff, our animals and park weathered the storm with minimal damage. While we suffered a few leaks, all of our animals are alive and well, and the staff is safe. Many of our larger animals like the great cats, bears, and elephants were kept inside during the storm and while we assessed the damage. Animals that usually live outside were kept in protected holding structures and then released after the storms when crews were sure their enclosures were safe. Read more about the storm efforts

New Food at the Zoo!

New Food at the Zoo

Everyone has their "must-see" list when visiting the Zoo: "Don't miss the Pandas; be sure to visit the otters; whatever you do, check out the Elephant Walk!" The National Zoo's on-site culinary team from dining partner Sodexo just made that list a little longer for visitors who come with an appetite. Discover these "must eat" locations at the National Zoo, by checking out our updated food listing! See our drool-worthy options

Great Times for a Great Cause


If you're not yet a Young Professional member, there are plenty of great reasons to join. Not only will you help save threatened wildlife, but you'll also get exclusive benefits like special invitations to exhibit previews, discounts on hot events like Brew at the Zoo, and much more. Join today


Leading the Way in Conservation

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is proud to announce their Spring/Summer 2013 course schedule. The School now offers more graduate and professional-training courses than ever before!
See the 2013 Spring/Summer course listing

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Have you heard about our latest adult classes? We've added even more courses to this year's Wildlife Studies Certificate Program so be sure to check out our listing and register today!
Which one strikes your fancy?


Celebrating an Innovative Career!

SCBI reproductive biologist Dr. Janine Brown has been named this year's winner of the Morris Animal Foundation's Innovation in Veterinary Medicine Award. The tribute celebrates Brown's expansive career in developing pioneering reproductive techniques for wildlife—a body of research that has resulted in better management of animals under human care and the conservation of endangered species in the wild.
Read about Brown's career






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limited, and using public transportation saves natural resources. Visit the Zoo.

For more information visit our website: nationalzoo.si.edu.

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