YP Happenings

Grapes With the Apes

Grapes With the Apes

This September 20, toast to wildlife conservation at Grapes with the Apes! Sample wines from local and national wineries and vineyards while enjoying exclusive access to the Great Ape house, home to the Zoo's western lowland gorillas. Get tickets now!

September 2012



Take a trip back to the '80s for a rockin' concert at the Zoo with popular party band Gonzo's Nose, this September 27! Snag VIP tickets for access to our Whole Foods Market Super Rad VIP Lounge, complimentary heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a t-shirt, free parking, and a private viewing of the Zoo's lions and tigers. Buy tickets today!

Autumn Conservation Festival

Autumn Conservation Festival

Join us for an unforgettable day of fun, tours, and activities at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) on October 6 and 7. Chat with our world-famous scientists and learn about their fascinating research that spans the globe. Get a behind-the-scenes look at animal collections, listen to live music, and explore the tools and technology used to understand animals and their environments. Purchase your car pass now

American Trail Exhibit Now Open

American Trail Open

Come celebrate the opening of American Trail at the National Zoo! This new exhibit showcases species of North America, many of which are conservation success stories, such as the California sea lion, bald eagle, and gray wolf. Meet America's wildlife treasures!

Panda Pledge from FORD

Panda Hormones Rising

The Zoo will receive $400,000 over the next two years from the Ford Motor Company Fund to study the health of giant pandas. Zoo scientists, in collaboration with their Chinese colleagues at the developing Wildlife Disease Control Center, will research disease transmission and susceptibility to benefit captive and wild giant pandas. The Zoo will also use the gift to start upgrading its analog panda cam system. Read more about the pledge

Our App Has That!

Our App Has That

The Zoo has launched its first mobile app! Featured are GPS-enabled maps of the Zoo; live animal cams; animal demonstrations schedule; self-guided tours; a live public transportation feed and more! A version for Android devices will launch later this month. Get it from the App Store!

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


Last Chance to See Spots

We invite you to go behind-the-scenes at the Cheetah Conservation Station with a trained volunteer guide for an exclusive tour of the exhibit and its residents. Enjoy a continental breakfast, meet a keeper, and watch a feeding and training demonstration! All proceeds support exhibit improvements and bringing new African species to the collection. Get in while you still can!


Baby Bonanza

In the span of one week, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute welcomed the births a male scimitar-horned oryx, a female Przewalski’s horse, and a female onager! Each birth is significant for these species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the scimitar-horned oryx as extinct in the wild, and the Przewalski’s horse and onager as endangered.
Check out the cute photos






We encourage you to take Metrorail or Metrobus to the National Zoo. Parking at the Zoo is
limited, and using public transportation saves natural resources. Visit the Zoo.

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

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