Immersed in the Depths of Amazonia

At first glance this large, two-storied, red brick building looks more like a rural high school than an extraordinary exhibit showcasing some of the most fascinating creatures that inhabit the Amazon of South America.  Entering on the first floor your first encounter is within a large pool that resembles a river in the Amazon.  Here…

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Fast and Friendly Felines

Four separate enclosures surround the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Lion/Tiger Hill and allow for rotating the animals between each enclosure.  Having access to different environments, especially where other animals have been and left their scent provides great enrichment for these big cats.    At Lion/Tiger Hill you’ll find Sumatran tigers lounging beneath their shade and the zoo’s…

Reptile Discovery Center

The entrance to the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Reptile Discovery Center is stunningly grand.  The red bricked building has two turtles standing guard with large pillars rising up towards an exquisite mosaic of a stegosaurus.  Within its walls are roughly 70 species exhibited with even more at their Virginia site.  Two massive green anacondas, the world’s largest snake, were lounging in…

The House of Fur

Perched atop the Small Mammal House are a cat, wolf and bear statues.  The Smithsonian National Zoo has a wonderful assortment of statues like these, most with happy children clambering over them for a photo-op.  Statues range from otters at play, a sloth bear and her young, giant pandas and many more including a bronzed…