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National Zoo

Take a break from the concrete jungle and discover the natural wonders awaiting in the jungle, arctic and Sahara habitats of The National Zoo.


Throughout the zoo, the animals are shown in naturalistic settings, including the Great Flight Cage—a walk-in aviary in which birds fly unrestricted from May to October. The Reptile Discovery Center, the Bird Resource Center, and an exhibition called "How Do You Zoo" all teach young visitors about biology. The most ambitious addition to the zoo is Amazonia, a reproduction of a South American rain-forest ecosystem. Fish swim behind glass walls, while overhead, monkeys and birds dart from tree to tree. In 2001, ring-tailed and red-fronted lemurs were installed in an exhibit called Lemur Island. The Cheetah Conservation Area is a grassy compound with a family of the world's fastest cats.

The National Zoo has entrances at 3001 Connecticut Ave., on Harvard St. and on Beach Dr. The National Zoo is open every day of the year except December 25. Admission is free.

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