Smithsonian National Zoological Park

ImageToday’s Museum of the Day celebrates one of the 19 museums in the Smithsonian Institution’s constellation of museums, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.

In anticipation of the big reveal of the beautiful baby panda bear, we picked an image of Bao Bao, who will be visible to the general public starting January 18th. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) Members get an early view on January 11th.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo was established on March 2, 1889, by an Act of Congress for “the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.” Today, the National Zoo exhibits living animal and plant collections, and conducts research in conservation biology and reproductive science. Its mission is to provide leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability.

Each year, more than two million people visit the National Zoo’s 163-acre park in the heart of Washington, D.C., to learn about the 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species. Nearly a quarter of the animals at the National Zoo are members of endangered species, and include giant pandas, Asian elephants, white-naped cranes, and western lowland gorillas.

If you manage to find yourself in Washington, D.C. next week, a trip to the National Zoo will be well worth it! How can you go wrong with a baby panda bear?

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