Great Cats

October 1, 1998 – Permanent
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National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Lion & Tiger Hill and surrounding area

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Some of the top predators on the planet live at the Great Cats exhibit—African lions, Sumatran tigers, bobcats, and caracals. At each enclosure, visitors can learn about the cats’ characteristics, including social structure, hunting, reproduction, and the Zoo’s efforts to care for and conserve these species.

Three outdoor habitats are home to the Zoo’s lions and tigers. Visitors may catch a glimpse of the cats patrolling the edge of the moat. On hot days, the cats—and Sumatran tigers, in particular—may choose to take a swim!

The North American porcupine, black-tailed prairie dog and Patagonian mara habitats are located just across Olmsted Walk from Great Cats.