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Animals

Meet the residents of the Zoo
  • peacock with feathers spread
  • cheetah
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Founded in 1889, the Smithsonian's National Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species.

The Zoo’s commitment to conservation, research, and education also extends to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, located in nearby Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI scientists and animal care experts conduct veterinary and reproductive research to save wildlife and habitats for some of the world’s most endangered animals on the sprawling 3,200-acre campus.

Animal News

Sept. 27, 2016
A conservationist’s work is never done. At least, it doesn’t stop when a species is returned to its... more
Sept. 27, 2016
For the first time in more than 15 years, zebras are grazing the fields at the Smithsonian... more
Sept. 27, 2016
The newest member of our primate family has arrived! Meet Redd, a Bornean orangutan born to mother... more

Today's Events

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Animal Enrichment

From painting primates to piano-playing otters, learn how enrichment activities keep the Zoo's animals physically and mentally stimulated.

Veterinary Care

Learn how keepers and veterinarians provide the best possible care for the Zoo's animals

Webcams

The Zoo's three webcams are some of the most famous on the internet. Tune in to watch the Zoo's giant pandas, elephants, and lions!