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. 23, 2016
One of the defining and iconic characteristics that makes giant pandas unique among bears is their... more
Sept. 15, 2016
Batang and her infant are doing well! Keepers report that she is very attentive to his needs, holds... more
Sept. 7, 2016
Over Labor Day weekend, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released... more

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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!