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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. 

Gorilla Calaya is Pregnant

For the first time in nine years, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is making preparations for the highly anticipated birth of a critically endangered western lowland gorilla.

Animal Nutrition Science

aldabra tortoise munching on grass

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

Veterinary Care

veterinarian examining the eyes of a cheetah cub

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

Animal Enrichment

a tiger pulls on a rope connected to a large rubber ball

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