About 2,000 animals from about 400 different species currently comprise the animal collection at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Virginia. About one-fifth of the species are endangered or threatened. Most species are on exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. but a few are found only at SCBI, which is not open to the public. Visit our website: www.fonz.org or www.nationalzoo.si.edu.
Many of our National Zoo scientists, like Joe Kolowski and Dr. Connie Blackfoot, complete research in the field, studying animals and habitats around the world. Explore the links below to learn more about the work they do, the animals they study, and to access classroom resources.
Learn about the National Zoo’s efforts to promote conservation and sustainability through educating the public, and particularly the next generation, on how to protect our planet and sustain biodiversity.
Check out the National Zoo’s research in conservation biology, a field which National Zoo researchers helped found and continue to be leaders in.
Learn about the search for photos of fishing cats in Sri Lanka in this Spotlight on Zoo Science article.
See some of the first camera trap photos of the fishing cats of Sri Lanka.
See pictures of animals in the Amazon caught on film by Dr. Kolowski using camera traps.
See how wildlife ecologist William Mcshea is using volunteers with camera traps to do an “index of wildness” along the Appalachian trail.
Learn about the Amazonia exhibit, the Amazonia Science Gallery, and the animals of the Amazon rainforest. Take a virtual tour of the Amazonia exhibit and the Amazonia Science Gallery, check out the spectacled bear cubs live online with the Andean bear cub cam, see a photo gallery of all the amazing animals of the Amazon, and much more!
Meet the animals in the small mammal house. View photo galleries; golden lion, black footed ferret, and naked mole-rat cams and learn the facts about the animals and conservation efforts to save those endangered.
Learn all about the animals in the reptile discovery center. Read about reptile adaptations such as venom and snake skin and conservation efforts to save endangered reptiles.
Learn cool facts about the animals at the Asian trail exhibit. While you are there, get an audio tour of the Asia trail exhibit narrated by Dakota Fanning, see a map of Asia trail, check in on the animals with live animal cams, listen to recordings of the animals and a whole lot more.
In here are numerous resources for students, educators, families, visitors, and professionals. You can find photo galleries, animal cams, homework helper, fact sheets, articles, lesson plans and much more.
This resource center has many exciting lesson plans and activities for teachers to use in the classroom. These include projects on biodiversity, animal behavior, a cultural exchange with Latin American schools and many other ways to connect students to the outside world while honing important skills that can be used elsewhere in the classroom.