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Animal Care

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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. 

Animal Nutrition Science

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

Veterinary Care

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

Snow and Stripes: A Zebra Update

On Feb. 2, our youngest zebra, Yipes, turned 7 months old. It is hard to believe that he is already a juvenile! Over the past few months, we have seen him become much more rambunctious and goofy like his father, Rogan.

How Do You Weigh a Gazelle?

Tracking an animal's weight is an important part of animal care, but gazelles are known to be flighty and nervous. So, how do keepers convince them to step onto a scale? Find out in this update from keeper Sarah Rezac.