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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.

Adopt a Species

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The Adopt a Species program is currently paused, and packages are not available for purchase at this time. 

You can still help animals!

Make a Donation Online

If you'd like to purchase a stuffed animal, check out the Smithsonian Store's National Zoo site.