Beginning Jan. 18, 2022, the Zoo is open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas. Select animal buildings remain closed.

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International Exchange Program

  • Curator of primates Meredith Bastian and international exchange student Dr. Jati in front of the Smithsonian's National Zoo's orangutan habitat

The Global Health Program is committed to enhancing knowledge and scientific resources in developing nations. GHP trains professionals across a wide variety of wildlife and conservation disciplines at the human-wildlife interface in order to improve access to and engagement in modern One Health techniques.

This training opportunity brings international professionals to the United States to spend three to four weeks rotating through departments at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. This unique experience allows professionals from partner institutions around the world to shadow world-renowned wildlife clinicians, keepers and researchers.

Specific department scheduling and rotation varies based on the interest area of the participant and the needs of their home organization, but may include species-specific wildlife management, veterinary clinical care, pathology, nutrition, genetics and wildlife management.