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Zoo-trition: Nutrition Science at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

An adult cheetah and cubs eating from a plate in the grass

The Department of Nutrition Science is responsible for all aspects of feeding and nutrition for the animals in their care — at both the Smithsonian's National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. In this one-day (three-hour) adult education workshop, Mike Maslanka, head of the Department of Nutrition Science, will highlight current hot topics in zoo nutrition, such as:

  • The concept of gut microbiome management and transfaunation
  • What feeding carcass to carnivores and trees to herbivores have in common, and why they’re both important
  • Why a free-ranging frugivore might not be a “fruit-eater”

Participants will also be getting their hands dirty and dividing up in the browse yard to thin out some saplings and give them a fighting chance through the summer. Please bring bug spray and work gloves, as well as an engaged and enthusiastic attitude.

This class meets at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Participants must have their own transportation to Front Royal (approximately 70 miles outside of Washington, D.C.).

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Age range: 18

Class Sessions

Date(s): Sunday, August 4 (class meets on Sunday at SCBI Front Royal Campus)
Time: 9:03 am to 12:03 pm