Washington DC is a hub, a treasure trove of unusual, extraordinary, and fascinating tourist spots. Every year it welcomes millions of people from different parts of the world to its grounds. National Zoological park popularly known as National Zoo is one of the proud gems of the city. Serving the town as the oldest zoos of the United States, the premises has a perfect blend of flora and fauna which not only attracts the outsiders who come to admire its charm but also the countless animals who find their abode here. A terrific balance of natural and human-made environment is made available to these creatures to foster their breeding and also to allow them to live a life away from the threat of poachers and hunters. Expanding knowledge about the needs of animals and the commitment of the animal lovers to preserve these speechless creatures in their natural habitat, made the National Zoo grow manifold times. Today animals here live in natural groupings and not individually which fosters research programs. Its research encompasses fields of reproduction, conservation, biodiversity monitoring, veterinary aspects, nutritional aspects, ecology, and bird migration.
An Enjoyable Trip to Smithsonian National Zoology Park
Giant Panda Habitat and Asian Trail
Who in this world doesn't love the adorably cute, fluffy, snowy-white pandas? Come and explore the life of these fascinating creatures in the zoo's Giant Panda Habitat. Watch the delightful appearances of the bears roaming, playing, or sleeping in their perfectly designed natural-cum-human made surroundings. Three outdoor areas with all the necessary, suitable conditions for the animals, along with an indoor area with a rocky landscape, a ravishing waterfall, and viewing areas for the visitors make up this section of the zoo dedicated especially to these enchanting pandas. Various conservation and preservation programs are undertaken here by the numerous animal lovers to facilitate proper research and breeding of the pandas. Meet your two panda friends named Mei Xiang and Tian Tian doing their daily chores in their homes. Asia Trail is an outstanding section of the zoo which features a group of Asia themed animals. The section became accessible for the public in the year 2006. You can enjoy the company of sloth bears, fishing cats, appealing red pandas, Himalayan leopard, small-clawed otters, and the gigantic Asian elephants. Spend time with these fascinating animals and get an opportunity to know them quite closely.
The Mammal House and the American Trail
A striking display of numerous animal species, belonging to North America finds their abode in the American Trail of the park. Its vast collection includes five sea lions belonging to California, grey seals, harbor seal, North American beavers, river otters, etc. Get a glimpse of birds on the tall trees of the garden including brown pelicans, bald eagles, ravens, and many more. Many of the residents of this section belong to the endangered species which are preserved and conserved in the park. A café called Seal Café also resides inside this trail. Enjoy the sumptuous dishes from the café, made from local, seasonal, and natural ingredients which are freshly grounded. The perfect lush green surrounding setup makes the experience of eating even more enjoyable. The Mammal House preserves the majority of the zoo's mammal species. A wide variety of animal species make up this section of the zoo including animals like red ruffed lemurs, sand cats, golden and gold-headed lion tamarins, saki monkeys, brush-tailed bettongs, mongooses, fennec foxes, and many more.
Events and Programs
Join the most celebrated annual holiday tradition, ZooLights of the Smithsonian National Zoology Park. A free event which plays host to thousands of visitors, ZooLights includes live music performances of renowned artists who make the audience go crazy clubbed perfectly with the wide range of tasty winter cuisine, and countless opportunities for shopping. More than five lakh environment-friendly LED lights are used to decorate the entire zoo. These lights transform the Zoo into a beautiful and charming wonderland which cannot be described in words. A stunning setup of the night with glittering stars, winter season with chilly breezes and the dazzling zoo premises bubbling with electrifying musical performances make the visitors fall in love with it. Something is always happening to entertain the explorers in Smithsonian's National Zoo. Daily programs fostered for adults as well as kids include animal training, feeding demonstrations, keeper chats, animal chats, etc.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission to the zoo is free, so no ticket booking is required.
How To Get Around?
You can explore the entire zoo premises on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the place is between 9 am to 4 pm. It remains open everyday except on Christmas.
Currency is U.S Dollars.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
Washington DC is easily accessible via airways, roadways, or railways from the nearby cities or internationally also. You can reach the park either through the metro station of Woodley Park-Zoo or Cleveland Park.
Don't harm the animals. Parking at the zoo requires a fee of USD 25.