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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. 

Giant Panda Cub Born

Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to a cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo today, Aug. 21 at 6:35 p.m.

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

Animal Enrichment

Help replenish toys, puzzle feeders and training tools that are well loved by the Zoo’s animals. Donate to the Enrichment Trunk today.