Restrooms are located at the Visitor Center and Panda Plaza.
The Cheetah Conservation Station is located behind the Adaptation/Migration in the Anthropocene exhibit.
There are two restaurants that are open seasonally near the Cheetah Conservation Station: the Panda Grill and the Panda Overlook. Check out the “Dining at the Zoo” section to view meal options.
The American Bison exhibit is located across from Panda Plaza.
Asia Trail is located adjacent to Cheetah Conservation Station. Visitors can observe giant pandas, red pandas, Asian small-clawed otters, fishing cats, clouded leopards, and sloth bears at this location. Each day around 1:15 p.m. keepers toss novel foods and enrichment items to the sloth bears (weather dependent).
The Asia Trail Gift Shop, located in the Visitor Center, showcases an eclectic variety of merchandise ranging from plush animals, toys, games, and books to zoo-themed apparel, accessories, and household decorations from all over the globe. Find fair trade and earth-friendly creations here!
This mobile art installation has a direct connection to the work of Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ecologists who study how ecosystems and the species within them respond to global changes.
The Smithsonian leads the Forest Global Earth Observatory Network (ForestGEO)—the only network that applies a standardized protocol to measure and document forests all over the world. When a major event occurs, like the arrival of an invasive species, scientists are able to evaluate how trees are affected. Currently, SCBI ecologists study the extensive impact of the invasive emerald ash borer beetle on critically endangered native ash trees in a 50-acre ForestGEO plot evaluated annually through a tree census.
Ten percent of the native ash trees studied at SCBI died earlier this year, and all that remain are likely to be infected with beetle larvae. This ecological research is critical to understanding tree mortality and how trees are responding to invasive species, climate change or other global factors. ForestGEO plots enable ecologists to follow the trajectories of individual trees and how those trees impact overall forest health.
Healthy forests are key to resilience.
Take action to maintain healthy, diverse forests, which will be more resilient when invasive species do arrive. These include:
Spread knowledge on the damaging powers of these pests.
Learn and share how invasive insect species harm our forests, fields, crops and livelihoods.
Be informed and follow guidelines set by the USDA, park service and others.