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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Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

  • spiny critters

Media only: Devin Murphy(202) 633-3055

Saturday contact (202) 904-8739


WHAT: Animal keepers share tales of reptilian romance, and a Zoo biologist explains the science behind some of the most seductive species in nature at Woo at the Zoo. Learn about animal mating and dating from the experts. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, dessert decorating and a cash bar. Event details and ticket information can be found on the Zoo's website.


WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 11. Shows at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


WHERE: Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Visitor Center

3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

Closest Parking - Bus Parking Lot. Ask communications staff for parking pass.


WHO: Barbara Watkins, animal keeper, National Zoo's Reptile Discovery Center.

Lauren Augustine, animal keeper, National Zoo's Reptile Discovery Center.

Ed Smith, biologist, National Zoo's Amazonia.

Photo: Mehgan Murphy/Smithsonian's National Zoo

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