National Zoo: Giant Pandas, Guided Tours & Animal Demonstrations
Go on a wildlife expedition through one of the nation's oldest zoos, the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Located in DC's Woodley Park neighborhood, the National Zoo boasts over 1,800 animals that call the 163-acre park home. Experience the regal roars of lions, the galloping elegance of giraffes, and the grace and power of orangutans and western lowland gorillas. A highlight for most visitors, the National Zoo of DC is only one of four U.S. zoos that care for giant pandas! With exhibits that represent all the major ecosystems of the world, the National Zoo is a memorable immersion into the diversity of wildlife and one of the city's most-popular destinations.
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Regular Hours) 9 a.m. to 5 p.m (October 1-March 14)
Lectures & Symposia
Special Dinners & Wine Tastings
Zoo Keeper Talks
Animal Demonstrations & Feedings
Weekend Guided Tours
What animals can I expect to see?
The National Zoo boasts about 1,800 animals from 300 different species, representing every major ecosystem of the world. While the four giant pandas are the zoo's most famous residents, the zoo is also home to orangutans, gorillas, tigers, lions, Asian elephants, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, hundreds of birds from all over the world, and many more. Nearly a quarter of all the species housed at the National Zoo are endangered.
Can I bring in my own food?
Yes! The National Zoo allows guests to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages into the zoo. To enjoy a picnic, the zoo offers convenient tables and rest areas throughout the grounds. The zoo also provides am array of dining options onsite, including sit-down restaurants, grills and plenty of food stands and snack kiosks. Menu items range from hearty meals to lighter fare and kid's menus. Group dining options are also available.
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