Animals

Meet the Animals of the National Zoo

Founded in 1889, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to more than 2,200 animals representing almost 400 different species.

The Zoo’s commitment to conservation, research, and education also extends to its second campus in Front Royal, Virginia. There, 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 property.

Meet the Animals

From reptiles and amphibians to fish, birds and mammals, meet the animals at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.

Webcams

The Zoo's animal webcams are some of the most famous on the internet. Tune in to watch the Zoo's elephants, lions and naked mole-rats — live, 24/7!

Veterinary Care

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

Daily Animal Demos

Get a front-row seat to keepers working with animals in these daily demonstrations! Throughout the day, you can meet elephants, watch sloth bears slurp ants, see sea lions catch fish and more.

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