The Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. As of March 11, 2022, visitors are no longer required to wear a face covering during their visit.
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 2,700 animals representing more than 390 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.
We are following the guidance of local health officials and the CDC, and in an effort to reduce close contact among large groups of people, all animal demonstrations will be cancelled until further notice.