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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

2015 Featured Creature Day Schedule

Saturday, September 12: Conservation Science Day

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: Multiple Exhibits
How can a commercial airliner help track elephant movements in Asia? How is global warming impacting salamander species in the Shenandoah Valley? How can scientists rebuild a healthy black-footed ferret population from just few remaining individuals? Join us at the National Zoo to find out the answers to these questions and many more. This free public education event features:

  • Presentations from animal care staff
  • Smithsonian scientists' talks
  • Animal demonstrations
  • Fun, educational activities for kids
Learn about the amazing work of Smithsonian scientists and the Zoo's mission to save species.

The above activities are subject to change in the event of inclement or unseasonably cold weather.