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CATEGORY: A Biodiverse Planet

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Fact Sheet

The Passenger Pigeon The Passenger Pigeon

Information and reading list regarding this now-extinct bird.

Online Exhibition

African Elephant African Elephant

Dominating the rotunda, in a setting that re-creates the Angolan bush, is the museum's 8-ton, 14-foot-tall African elephant.

Amazonia Amazonia

Animals and plants of the New World are included in this rain forest habitat featuring a re-created microcosm of the world's largest rain forest and the Amazon River.

American Bison American Bison

See American bison—the animal that inspired the founding of the National Zoo.

Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story

A rotating selection of objects from the collection of Jeanette Cantrell Rudy sheds light on the Federal Duck Stamp program.

Asia Trail Asia Trail

Asia Trail is home to the following Asian species: sloth bears, fishing cats, red pandas, clouded leopards, Asian small-clawed otters, giant pandas, and Japanese giant salamander.

Bird House and the Outdoor Flight Exhibit Bird House and the Outdoor Flight Exhibit

The National Zoo is home to hundreds of birds from all over the world.

Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution

This exhibition shows how butterflies have evolved, adapted, and diversified with their plant partners over millions of years.

Butterfly Habitat Garden Butterfly Habitat Garden

Stroll along the walkways in the Butterfly Habitat Garden to see four habitats of native plants that attract a variety of colorful butterflies spring through fall.

Cheetah Conservation Station Cheetah Conservation Station

Cheetahs and other animals of the African savanna can be seen engaged in natural behaviors in a grassland setting similar to their natural habitat.

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Dig It! The Secrets of Soil

This exhibition introduces the study of soil science and demonstrates the vital role soil plays in sustaining human welfare, assuring future agricultural productivity, and environmental sustainability.

Dinosaurs: Reptiles, Masters of Land Dinosaurs: Reptiles, Masters of Land

All of the old favorites are on view in the exhibition hall—Diplodocus, T. rex, and Triceratops—and more.

Elephant Trails Elephant Trails

As part of the Zoo's campaign to save Asian elephants, this expanded and transformed home for the Zoo's Asian elephants provides new indoor and outdoor space and features a variety of habitats that support the natural behavior of the multi-generational herd.

Enid A. Haupt Garden Enid A. Haupt Garden

A 4.2-acre rooftop park, named for its donor, features an embroidered parterre in a geometric design of plants and flowers rotated seasonally.

Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants

This exhibition provides a look at life from an ant's point of view through large-format photographs of ants going about their daily business, a cast of an underground ant city, and a live ant colony.

Forces of Change: Atmosphere: Change is in the Air Forces of Change: Atmosphere: Change is in the Air

This exhibition explains the important role the atmosphere plays in our lives and in the environment by examining its evolution and properties and its effects on plants, animals, and people.

Forces of Change: Global Links: El Nino's Powerful Reach Forces of Change: Global Links: El Nino's Powerful Reach

This exhibition uses the El Nino weather phenomenon to demonstrate the dynamic interrelations among the Earth's 4 components.

Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely Forces of Change: The Arctic: A Friend Acting Strangely

Explore the Arctic’s changing climate. Discover what these changes mean for the Arctic, its wildlife, its people—and the rest of the planet.

Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat, David M. Rubenstein Family

Giant panda cub Bao Bao is now on exhibit! Bao Bao is now spending much of her time in the trees of her outdoor exhibit where she can sometimes be difficult to see. Sharp eyes will spot her.

Great Ape House Great Ape House

This exhibition is home to western lowland gorillas and orangutans.


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