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VISITORS: The Harvard Street NW Bridge/entrance to the Zoo will be closed to vehicular traffic until 1:00 p.m. today, Oct. 19, to facilitate a federal highways bridge inspection. Pedestrians will have access to the bridge throughout the closure.

Enrichment Day

Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
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Enrichment Day

Celebrate Enrichment Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 16! Participate in training and enrichment activities, attend demonstrations and talk to animal keepers about why enrichment is such an important part of the everyday care of Zoo animals.

What is Enrichment?

Unique forms of stimulation, such as balls, climbing structures and puzzle feeders, give the Zoo's 1,800 animals a safe and creative outlet to demonstrate their natural behaviors. When combined with appropriate enclosures and proper socialization, these introduced objects, sounds, smells and other stimuli enhance Zoo animals' well-being. 

How can you help?

You can support enrichment activities at the Zoo by donating to the Animal Enrichment Program, or by purchasing an item from the FONZ Animal Enrichment Wish List!