Animal Care

We Save Species

The Smithsonian National Zoo's Center for Animal Care Sciences provides science-based husbandry, medical care and population management for the health and well-being of all animals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, as well as for animals at other zoos and in the wild. Center for Animal Care Sciences veterinarians, curators, researchers and animal care staff lead and participate in initiatives focusing on population sustainability, wildlife health and emerging diseases, nutrition, animal behavior and cognition, animal management, and exhibitry through enhanced enrichment and training programs. 

Veterinary Care

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

Animal Nutrition Science

Ever wonder what zoo animals eat and why? Learn the science behind zoo diets.

Animal Enrichment

The enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals.