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National Zoological Park – Virtual Tour

Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Virtual Tour

Smithsonian National Zoological Park – Virtual Tour

The National Zoological Park is one of the oldest zoos in the United States and is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The Zoo host about 2,700 animals of 390 different species, of which about one-fifth are endangered or threatened.

The National Zoo has two campuses. The first is a 163-acre (66 ha) urban park located in Northwest Washington, D.C. The other campus is the 3,200-acre (1,300 ha) Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia.

The Zoo’s mission is to:

“provide engaging experiences with animals and create and share knowledge to save wildlife and habitats.”

The Zoo supports 180 species of trees, 850 species of woody shrubs and herbaceous plants, 40 species of grasses, and 36 different species of bamboo.

The Zoo first started as the National Museum’s Department of Living Animals in 1886, and the National Zoo was created in 1889. In 1890, it became a part of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Virtual Tour

Highlights of the National Zoological Park

  • The American Bison Exhibit
  • The Great Cats on Lion and Tiger Hill
  • The Great Ape House houses orangutans and gorillas in separate enclosures
  • The American Trail exhibit houses North American species that include sea lions, grey seals, harbor seals, beavers, river otters, bald eagles, ravens, pelicans, and wolves
  • Amazonia is a South America-themed walk-through exhibit that contains animal and plant species native to the Amazon basin
  • The Cheetah Conservation Station is an outdoor exhibit designed to mimic the African savanna which houses the cheetahs
  • The Giant Panda Habitat features three outdoor areas, as well as an indoor space with a rocky outcrop, and a waterfall
  • The Asia Trail displays sloth bears, fishing cats, red pandas, a clouded leopard, Asian small-clawed otters, and Asian elephants.
  • Elephant Trails designed to help scientists care for elephants in zoos and save them in the wild.
  • Lemur Island is a moated island that is home to lemurs
  • The Small Mammal House display includes tamarins, monkeys, and many smaller mammal species 

Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Virtual Tour

National Zoological Park

  • Museum:                National Zoological Park
  • City:                        Washington, D.C.
  • Country:                 United States
  • Established:           1889
  • Category:               National Museum of the United States
  • Location:                3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park - Virtual Tour

National Zoological Park Map

National Zoological Park – 360 views

National Zoological Park – 360 views

National Zoological Park – 360 views

National Zoological Park – 360 views

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National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

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National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

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“The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.”
– Desmond Morris

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Photo Credit: Ahbeall / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0); Stevehdc from Washington DC, USA / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0); Steve from washington, dc, usa / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0); Bridget Samuels from College Park, MD / CC BY (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

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