The Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6 is cancelled. SCBI is closed due to the federal government shutdown. The Festival will not be rescheduled. For further updates and information, please check Facebook, Twitter or the National Zoo's website. Guests who purchased car passes for ACF will receive an e-mail from Friends of the National Zoo with more information.
All of the animals at SCBI will continue to be fed and cared for during the federal government shutdown. A shutdown does not affect SCBI's commitment to the safety of its staff or its standard of excellence in animal care.