As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is temporarily closed to the public starting Saturday, March 14.
The health and safety of Smithsonian visitors, staff, volunteers and animals is a top priority. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and maintain ongoing communication with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Animal keepers and veterinary staff remain working on site at the Zoo and at the Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia to provide the usual highest quality care for the animals. The animal webcams remain online, but volunteers will not be operating them, so animals may not be visible at all times.
Additionally, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through June 1, 2020.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis on our websites. Follow the Smithsonian on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for immediate updates.
In the meantime, we invite the public to explore the Zoo online by visiting www.nationalzoo.si.edu for more online collections and educational resources.