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VISITORS: The David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is partially closed. For full details, and the best way to see the giant pandas, please click here.

Animals

Meet the residents of the Zoo
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Founded in 1889, the Smithsonian's National Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to more than 1,500 animals across 300 different species.

The Zoo’s commitment to conservation, research, and education also extends to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, located in nearby Front Royal, Virginia. SCBI scientists and animal care experts conduct veterinary and reproductive research to save wildlife and habitats for some of the world’s most endangered animals on the sprawling 3,200-acre campus.

Today's Programs

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Animal Enrichment

a tiger pulls on a rope connected to a large rubber ball

From painting primates to piano-playing otters, learn how enrichment activities keep the Zoo's animals physically and mentally stimulated.

Veterinary Care

veterinarian examining the eyes of a cheetah cub

Learn how keepers and veterinarians provide the best possible care for the Zoo's animals

Webcams

bei bei climbing a tree

The Zoo's three webcams are some of the most famous on the internet. Tune in to watch the Zoo's giant pandas, elephants, and lions!