Spring is a truly special season to visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. As the weather warms and the plants come into peak bloom, the Zoo transforms into a magical respite from the busy city just outside our gates.
Our animals, too, seem to enjoy soaking up the sun’s rays. Visit this time of year, and you’ll see orangutans traversing the Orangutan Transport System (O-Line), western lowland gorillas collecting puzzle feeders from their new climbing structure and our siamangs taking a siesta in the grass.
These amazing apes bring the primate team joy every day. We are fortunate to have so many charismatic animal ambassadors, each with their own unique personalities and quirks. Every individual is worth celebrating, especially since many of the species we care for are considered endangered or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. April, or Ape-ril, is a great time to recognize our apes because many of them celebrate their birthdays this month!