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Animals A to Z

About 1,800 animals from about 300 different species currently comprise the animal collection at the National Zoo and the Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), which is headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia. About one-fifth of the species are endangered or threatened. Most species are on exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. A few are found only at the SCBI headquarters, which is not open to the public.

Check out lists of and fact sheets about the species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish in our collection.

To find more information on these species and the Zoo's research and conservation initiatives for threatened and endangered species, use the links to various Animal Programs at left or go to Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

Animals Online

  • Read about many Zoo species in Smithsonian Zoogoer articles and throughout the site.
  • Watch several Zoo animals in action on our web cams
  • See many pictures in the photo galleries.
  • Browse the Zoo's extensive website or use the Search box at the top of the page.

Zoo News

Find out what's happened recently at the National Zoo.