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Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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We Save Species. And So Can You.

Giving gifts is for the birds...and the elephants and the donkeys! By purchasing a present from the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Holiday Gift Guide, you help our animal keepers and scientists study and save species.

Proceeds from these products support research, help refurbish our animals' habitats, and provide toys that enable animals to express their natural behaviors through play.

Go on, share this gift guide with your friends and family (both naughty and nice). On behalf of the animals we care for: thank you!

Featured Gifts

Karl's New Beak book cover
Karl's New Beak
Karl is an Abyssinian ground hornbill with a special challenge. His lower bill had broken off and made eating difficult. Could an old bird skeleton and a 3-D printer give Karl a new beak? Karl's new adventure was about to begin!
Pre-order Today
The Great Courses: Zoology book cover
The Great Courses: Zoology
Explore our planet's most adorable, exotic and strange animals with Dr. Don Moore, conservation biologist and senior science advisor to the Smithsonian's National Zoo!
Dive in to the Animal World
the poop sleuth book cover
The Poop Sleuth
Endocrinologist Sarah Putman solves animal health mysteries one poop at a time!
Get the Scoop
curious about orangutans book cover
Curious About Orangutans
What animal has long red hair and toes that work like thumbs? Learn all about orangutans!
Satisfy your curiosity
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Where the Buffalo Roam
Did you know: American bison use their tongues (not teeth) to gather plants to eat!
More fun facts
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Curious About Zoo Vets
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how vets care for the Zoo's animals.
Learn more

For Zoo Visitors

GRUMP Holiday Market

GRUMP Holiday Market

Find unique and quirky gifts at GRUMP , a European-style outdoor market, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. during ZooLights , powered by Pepco. Shoppers will find handmade clothing, jewelry, prints, toys, home décor and more. Featured artists vary each night, so come to this free event throughout the weekend to fill all of your holiday shopping needs.

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Gifts That Make a Difference

Przewalski's horse appeal artwork
Help Build a Home for Przewalski's Horses
This holiday season, show your giving spirit and help bring Przewalski's horses back to the Smithsonian's National Zoo! This species was once extinct in the wild. Thanks to conservation programs around the world, including those spearheaded by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, these horses are coming back from the brink.
Donate Today
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Adopt a Species
Put a sloth under the tree! Surprise the animal lover in your life with a gift that supports the Zoo's conservation programs. New cuddly creatures include two fan favorites: sloths and Komodo dragons. With 12 species to choose from, it’s the perfect present for everyone on your list.
Adopt today
African lion with gift in its mouth
Save Wildlife: Give Membership
Benefits of a Friends of the National Zoo membership include discounts on parking, event tickets, souvenirs and more! FONZ membership extends to 140 zoos and aquariums nationwide.
Give membership
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Enrichment Trunk
Who doesn’t love indulging in holiday treats? For extra-special enrichment, keepers drizzle honey atop a milk crate for Bei Bei to lap up and enjoy. Help enrich the lives of our animals by donating to the Enrichment Trunk! Your gift enables keepers to purchase toys that encourage animals to play, forage and explore their habitats.
Give a Gift to the Animals
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Dedicate an Auditorium Seat
Honor a loved one with a personalized nameplate on a seat in the Visitor Center Auditorium — all while showing support for the Zoo’s mission to save species. The auditorium is an important space for public education and wildlife conservation programming.
Choose Your Seat

For Kids

animal plush toys
Zoo-perior Toys
Our cuddly plush pals are ready to play and snuggle with you.
Visit the Store
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Shop in Style
Obsessed with sloths and red pandas? Wear your favorite animal on a tee!
Visit the Store

For Panda Fans

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Commemorative Coin
Bei Bei is more precious than silver or gold. Own a piece of history with this limited-edition coin.
See More Designs
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Take Bei Bei Home
This cuddly giant panda Bei Bei plush is ready to play and eat some tasty bamboo with you.
Look After This Bear
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Panda Puzzle
Build your own panda! This detailed puzzle interlocks to create a sturdy 3-D replica.
Find Out More