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Male lion resting and showing long mane which is blackish toward the back

The world's most social felines, lions roam the savannas and grasslands of the African continent, hunting cooperatively and raising cubs in prides.

Adopt an African Lion

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Lion populations have greatly decreased due to habitat loss and human conflict. Adopt an African lion and help the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save... read more

Animal Enrichment

monkey painting From painting primates to piano-playing otters, learn how enrichment activities keep the Zoo's animals physically and mentally stimulated.

Lion News

Dec. 28, 2015
For the first time in this pride, Zoo veterinarians have successfully drawn blood from a lion—a juvenile male named Jumbe—while he was awake.
May 27, 2015
What does it take to keep up with a sextuplet of juvenile African lions?

Bei Bei's Recovery Updates

Giant panda cub Bei Bei is recovering nicely following emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage—a lemon-sized mass of chewed up bamboo. Following the successful procedure, Zoo staff returned Bei Bei to the David M. Rubenstein Family giant panda habitat. Keepers were encouraged to see that he moved well and was bright, alert and engaged during their interactions.