Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location3001 Connecticut Ave. NWSmithsonian's National ZooWashington, DC 20008 United States
We save species by using cutting-edge science, sharing knowledge and providing inspirational experiences for our guests.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute leads the Smithsonian's global efforts to save species, better understand ecosystems and train future generations of conservationists. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Always free of charge, the Zoo's 163-acre park in the heart of Washington, D.C., is home to over 2,000 animals. The Zoo instills a lifelong commitment to conservation through engaging experiences with animals and the people working to save them. Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute researchers work in more than 30 countries around the world. Alongside partners, they create and share knowledge to aid in the conservation and restoration of species and habitats.
While the federal appropriation funds approximately 70% of the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's operating budget, it only funds 50% of the capital budget and less than half of the research budget. Volunteers are crucial to helping raise funds through events that enable us to continue making breakthroughs in animal care, science and conservation. Volunteers also engage and inspire visitors, and work behind the scenes to support animal care and science programs.