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Partial Early Closing Sept. 1: Areas of the Zoo will close at 1 p.m. in preparation for Grapes with the Apes. More information can be found on the Hours page.

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

Aug 31, 2016
As a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Zoo is well known for advancing conservation... more
Aug 20, 2016
The Zoo and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China celebrated giant panda cub Bei Bei's... more
Jul 18, 2016
Born in Sri Lanka around 1975, Asian elephant Shanthi developed arthritis in her front-left leg... more

Today's Events

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!