Then, head to the rainforest in Amazonia to see if you can spot titi monkey Henderson and his new companion Kingston. You might hear these two monkeys before you see them in the trees, as they call to each other with “squeaks” and “wok-woks.”
Finally, stop by Kids’ Farm to say hello to Willow, the newest Hereford calf to join the herd — the largest (and only) cow herd in D.C.
Don’t sleep on Sloth Day at the Zoo
Mark your calendars for International Sloth Day on Sunday, Oct. 20. You’ll see sloths up close, talk to animal keepers and learn how to help save sloths in the wild. Don’t miss the Zoo’s other upcoming Animal Discovery Days — Orangutan Caring Day on Thursday, Nov. 14, and International Cheetah Day on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Meander down American Trail
American Trail is one of the Zoo’s secret treasures. It’s literally off the beaten path, or in this case, off the Zoo’s main thoroughfare (known as Olmsted Walk). This homage to conservation success stories is uphill from Amazonia, tucked between the Andean bear habitat and the elephant outpost.
The winding path is lined with tall trees, making it ideal for a sunny afternoon stroll under the red and orange autumn leaves. You’re bound to see plenty of cool-weather animals along the way, including gray wolves, beavers, ravens, seals and North American river otters.
Pro tip: On weekends, stop by Ben & Jerry’s® at Seal Rock for a scoop of ice cream.
Make a beeline for the Me and the Bee Playground
If you want to hang on to summer for just a bit longer, head to the pollinator-themed playground where towering flowers are always in bloom. Kids can climb on larger-than-life bees, slide down a honey-covered hive and hop along particles of pollen.
Pro tip: Don’t miss the real pollinator garden that lines the playground, where you’ll learn all about pollinators and find out how you can help protect bees in your own backyard!
Sugar, pumpkin spice and everything nice
In the weeks leading up to Halloween, animals all around the Zoo enjoy pumpkin enrichment. As you explore, see how many animals with pumpkins you can spot!
Keepers also scatter spices, extracts and other scents around habitats to encourage animals to sniff and explore. During the fall, you might spot a lion or a panda investigating objects sprinkled with pumpkin spice.
The pumpkin-themed fun doesn’t have to stop when you leave the Zoo. Try your hand at creating a giant panda jack-o’-lantern with this Bei Bei pumpkin carving stencil. Just print out a copy and trace it onto your pumpkin to get started.
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