photo by Emma K Alexandra

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“In the event of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, Smithsonian museums, research centers and the Zoo will remain OPEN through at least Oct. 7. The Smithsonian can use prior-year funds still available to us to remain open. Visit here for updates.”


photo by Tim Brown

Oh God, it’s really happening – brutal post from the National Zoo this morning:

“Get ready to PAW-TAY! We’re throwing PandaPalooza: A Giant Farewell to cele-bear-ate our giant pandas, sponsored in part by The Boeing Company. Visit the Zoo between Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 1 for daily events, family-friendly activities and tasty treats provided by the Embassy of People’s Republic of China. #PandaPalooza, brought to you by entertainment partner, Events DC, is the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji as they depart for China. Read More


photo by angela n.

From the Smithsonian’s National Zoo:

“On May 27, 2023, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute welcomed its newest member to the western lowland gorilla troop! The baby girl was born at the Great Ape House to mom Calaya, age 20, and dad Baraka, age 31.

This new baby—the second for both parents—joins the Zoo’s troop of gorillas: Read More


“Dear PoPville,

I was walking near the Zoo Loop Trail yesterday at 5:45pm, and the gates on both ends were wide open, with the trail getting plenty of use. Were the hours quietly extended” or did they just forget to close it?

Update from a reader:

“The trail is open until 7pm during the zoo’s summer hours. They are able to keep the trail area staffed and open for an hour after they close according to the zoo’s Director.” Read More


From the office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will hold a virtual town hall meeting open to all District of Columbia residents with representatives from the National Park Service (NPS), National Zoo (Zoo), and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. Read More


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