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Happy #PresidentsDay! 🇺🇸🦅 In 1889, President Grover Cleveland officially signed an act of congress into law creating the National Zoological Park for “the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.” LEARN MORE: https://s.si.edu/2XdljRk.
🐼🎊 Come to the giant panda housewarming party, sponsored by @airbnb, Feb. 23! See our new interactive exhibit that teaches visitors about the biology, reproduction, health and ecology of giant pandas. And get a FREE limited edition print of an original painting by #MeiXiang, #TianTian and #BeiBei from @fonznationalzoo #PandaStory #WeSaveSpecies
No goggles needed—sea lions see better underwater than above the surface! 👀🌊 These pinnipeds spend a lot of time underwater, where the light level is reduced, so their eyesight is well developed. At the surface, where there is brightness and glare, the sea lion's pupil can contract to a tiny pinhole, protecting its sensitive retinas.
Learn more fun animal facts during the pinniped training demonstration at American Trail at 11:15 a.m. daily! MEET OUR ANIMALS: https://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.
💖 You *otter* be our #Valentine! Our 3-week-old North American river otter pups are growing fast. The pups, two boys and one girl, are bonding with mom Ashkii in a den behind the scenes. This spring, check them out at the American Trail exhibit! PLAN YOUR VISIT: https://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W #WeSaveSpecies
🐼🏠🎉 Join us on Feb. 23 for a #free Giant Panda Housewarming Celebration, sponsored by @airbnb . Yes, there will be special frozen treats for giant pandas and red pandas + human treats courtesy of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. Stop by the Panda Plaza gift shop to take home a very special, free commemorative print — a copy of a 🎨painting created by 🐼 Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Bei Bei! The numbered prints, courtesy of @fonznationalzoo , will be available one-per-family, while supplies last. #PandaStory (Link in profile)
❤️ Our black-footed ferrets are in the #ValentinesDay spirit! Our breeding pairs are all snuggled up. Black-footed ferrets are induced ovulators, meaning they only ovulate after they breed. If they get pregnant, kits are born about 42 days later. The kits will be reintroduced to the wild next year. #WeSaveSpecies
*Think, Think, Think* The 🧠 of an 🐘 weights between 9 and 13 pounds—three to four times larger than a human brain! Asian elephants have a great capacity to learn, and the animal care team helps keep their minds active through the Zoo's enrichment and husbandry training programs.
Meet our elephants and learn all about their smarts at the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. keeper talks! PLAN YOUR VISIT: https://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.
🐦Did you know that ☕️ #coffee farms are important habitat for migratory 🎼songbirds like the yellow warbler? When you #DrinkBirdFriendly, you save habitat with every cup.
🦙 Alpacas have no upper front teeth! Instead, they use their lower teeth and upper jaw to munch their diet of grass and hay. 🌾However, adult male alpacas develop fighting teeth or fangs that can be more than an inch long.
Visit our friendly alpacas Orion and Cirrus at the Kids’ Farm! MEET OUR ANIMALS: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/alpaca.
🐻👓 Why are Andean bears nicknamed "spectacled" bears? Some sport cream-colored markings around their eyes that resemble glasses! Learn fun facts about Billie Jean, Quito and Beorn at the daily 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bear keeper chats. PLAN YOUR VISIT: https://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.
🎶🦍 Happy birthday to Kibibi—our western lowland gorilla turned 10 years old on Jan. 10! Kibibi is a visitor favorite at the Great Ape House and a star behind-the-scenes, too. Through the Zoo’s positive reinforcement training program, Kibibi voluntarily participates in her own healthcare, presenting parts of her body on cue for daily checkups. 🍇 Keepers reward her with tasty grapes when she does the behavior asked of her. Check out a fun training session with Kibibi and her keeper, Alex!
❤️🦌 The unusually warm weather this week brought Zoo visitors a sneak peek at our male lesser kudu calf! Born Jan. 12, he spends much of his time bonding with mom, Rogue, behind the scenes. On warm weather days, catch a glimpse of him at the Cheetah Conservation Station. PLAN YOUR VISIT: https://s.si.edu/2h3CN1W.
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