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Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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Baltimore Oriole

An adult male Baltimore oriole is the newest addition to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House exhibit. He will serve as an ambassador to his wild cousins and teach Zoo visitors and researchers about the behaviors of this iconic species. Native to the New World, Baltimore orioles breed in North America and migrate to Mexico and Central America to overwinter. They feed on insects and supplement their diet with fruit, berries, and nectar.