My Top 10 Favourite Exhibits

To me the best and most effective exhibits are ones that both totally immerse you in the exhibit/landscape, making you feel like you’re in the animal’s native habitat, and exhibits that expand your senses and enrich your understanding of what the particular species is all about.  For instance an exhibit for a snow leopard that resembles…

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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…