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Zoo 101: Who's Who at the Zoo

Small Mammal House animal demonstration.

Zoo 101 is a project-based class that explores major topics in the inner workings of a zoo. Each session, Zoo 101 explores a different core topic in zoo management and is appropriate for students ages 11-14, or those students who have completed three full years of Zoo Homeschool programs.

About "Who's Who at the Zoo": What does it mean to be a Zoo professional? As a modern conservation institution, the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute not only provides world class care for the more than 2,700 animals that call it home, but strives to make a global impact on environmental conservation efforts by providing engaging experiences with animals and creating and sharing knowledge to save wildlife and habitats. To accomplish this lofty goal, the Zoo relies on a diverse staff with a broad constellation of talents, from animal keepers, curators, endocrinologists, and pathologists to educators and fundraisers!

In this 10-week course, students learn about these various occupations and meet staff members that support the mission of the Zoo in a range of different roles. They will explore how various professional roles assist with and/or support animal care, and draw connections about how these different roles and teams collaborate to support the mission and goals of the Zoo. Most importantly, students will learn about the huge range of talents and skills that are needed to support the Smithsonian's National Zoo and other zoos and conservation institutions around the world, and how they might be able to apply their unique skills and talents to support these organizations in the future!

Zoo 101 is a 10-week, drop-off-only program. There will be no class Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 28.

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Age range: 11 - 14

Class Sessions

Date(s): Thursday, September 19 to Thursday, December 12 (class meets on Thursdays)
Time: 1:03 pm to 3:03 pm