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Holiday Gift Guide 2019

We Save Species — And So Can You

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

Proceeds from these products support research, help refurbish 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!

New This Year

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Karl's New Beak
Karl is an Abyssinian ground hornbill with a special challenge. His broken lower bill 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!
Read Karl's Story
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Let's Go to Our Zoo
Featuring furry, scaly and feathered friends, this book brings the Zoo's animals to life through colorful illustrations and engaging photos. Interactive sliding tabs, spinner wheels and lift-a-flaps help build fine motor skills. It's a perfect way to get your little ones ready to visit the Zoo!
Get the Board Book
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Zoology: The Secret World of Animals
Explore the extraordinary majesty of the animal kingdom up close. Dramatic photography and crystal-clear illustrations illuminate the fascinating stories behind animal adaptations.
Start Reading
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Biologist Doll Play Set
Calling all budding biologists! Sophia’s has partnered with Smithsonian to create a series of STEM play sets for 18” dolls. Will your Zoo biologist doll find a cure for chytrid and save frogs from extinction? Each set includes clothing and accessories to help foster a child's curiosity.
Find Out More
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Veterinarian Doll Play Set
Calling all curious conservationists! Sophia’s has partnered with Smithsonian to create a series of STEM play sets for 18” dolls. Which animals, great and small, will your Zoo veterinarian doll care for? Each set includes clothing and accessories to help foster a child's curiosity.
Buy the Play Set
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Animal Print Clutch
Make a fashion statement and help save species! Celebrate the arrival of clouded leopard cubs Jilian and Paitoon with a beaded clutch that sports their clouded pattern. Spots not your style? Try a striking, black-and-white clutch inspired by our Grévy's zebra, Moyo!
Get Yours Today
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Baby Animals Calendar
Start the new year with a smile and our Zoo babies 2020 wall calendar! Featuring up-close views of fan favorites, including giant panda Bei Bei and western lowland gorilla Moke, this inspirational look at our animal ambassadors is sure to delight all year long.
Start the Year With a Smile
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Bison Silver Coin
This year marks the Smithsonian's National Zoo's 130th birthday! Commemorate this special occasion with a limited-edition Smithsonian buffalo coin featuring a majestic American bison, one of the first animals exhibited at the Zoo.
Order a Coin

Gifts That Give Back

Zoo veterinarians save animals every day. If an animal needs medical attention, the vets provide it with world-class care at the Zoo’s veterinary hospital. We want to help our vets deliver even faster care. With a new Mobile Vet Unit, vets can bring the hospital to the animals.

The brand-new vehicle will allow for easy, safe transport of cutting-edge medical equipment, veterinary staff and the Zoo’s animals when necessary. But, we can’t make it happen without your generous support!

Make a Gift Today

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Adopt a Species
Put a giant panda under the tree! Surprise the animal aficionado in your life with a gift that is good for snuggles and supports conservation. With 12 animals to choose from, it’s the perfect present for everyone on your list.
Adopt Today
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Save Wildlife: Give Membership
How great is a Friends of the National Zoo membership? Let us count the ways! Year-round, members enjoy discounts on food, souvenirs, seasonal attractions and events. Give a membership at the Premier level or above, and your recipient can enjoy FREE parking!
Give Membership
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Enrichment Trunk
Bornean orangutan Redd had a ball at his superhero-themed birthday party in September! Thanks to the Enrichment Trunk, Redd and all of the Zoo's animals have toys, activities and environments that encourage them to play, forage and explore. Keep the celebration going all year long. Make a donation to the enrichment program in honor of your favorite animal!
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

Books for Young Readers

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The Poop Sleuth
Endocrinologist Sarah Putman solves animal health mysteries one poop at a time in this book!
Get the Scoop
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Curious About Orangutans
What animal has long red hair and toes that work like thumbs? Get to know the Zoo's primates and learn all about orangutans!
Satisfy Your Curiosity
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The Animal Book
Take a trip around the world with curious creatures, from waddling penguins to leaping frogs, in this exciting visual encyclopedia.
Order a Copy Today

More Great Gifts for Animal Fans

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The Great Courses: Zoology
Get up close with our planet's most adorable, exotic and strange animals! Packed with breathtaking footage and interviews with Smithsonian scientists, this DVD lecture series takes you behind the scenes of the animal world and the scientists trying to understand how it works.
Dive in to the Animal World
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Zoo Apparel
Adore alpacas? Treasure tigers? Have a soft spot for sloths? Wear your love for animals on your sleeve with these (and dozens more) stylish tees and hoodies from Smithsonian Store.
Find More Designs
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Giant Panda Commemorative Coin
Before Bei Bei departs for his new life in China, snap up a piece of history with a limited-edition panda coin featuring our youngest giant panda at home in Washington, D.C.
See More Coins
Polar bear water color print
Shop Local
Shop local and get to know some of D.C.’s own artists and makers at GRUMP! This European-style outdoor market will be at ZooLights, powered by Pepco, Dec. 6, 7 and 8 from 5-9 p.m. Find unique and quirky gifts, including handmade clothing, jewelry, prints, toys, home décor and more.
Learn More About GRUMP