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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Cheetah Cub Cam

Cheetah Rosalie gave birth to five cubs Tuesday, Oct. 12! Get all the chirping cheetah cub action on this webcam streaming live from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Stay up to date with the latest cheetah news, and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so you never miss an adorable moment.

How are the cubs doing?

Rosalie's cubs had their 12-week exams Jan. 5, and all five cubs received a clean bill of health. The cubs are active, eating, and playing each day. They spend most of their time in their yard but sleep in their dens at night, which is usually the best time to spot them on the webcam.

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Built for speed, the cheetah can accelerate from zero to 45 in just 2.5 seconds and reach top speeds of 60 to 70 mph, making it the fastest land mammal! The cheetah's spotted coat helps it camouflage among the dry grasses of the African savanna where it lives.