Smithsonian National Zoo

My first stop in Washington DC was the animal prison.

Free for you and me. A lifetime sentence for the inmates.

The National Zoological Park, commonly known as the National Zoo, is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution

Of course zoos are good, too. This is part of a Cheetah Conservation program.

An estimated 7,500 to 10,000 cheetahs remain in the wild. The largest population, 2,500, is found in Namibia, with Southern Africa as the last remaining stronghold of roughly 4,500 adults.

Tigers are even more endangered. Today only an estimated 1,500 to 3,200 tigers exist in the wild (300 to 400 Sumatran tigers) and (fewer) than 200 in North American zoos.

Smithsonian National Zoo has been a leader researching Giant Panda reproduction.

Apes, monkeys and other small mammals were my favourites.

I’m one of the few humans who has seen a Red Panda in the wild. They are beautiful.

I was there on a Saturday. The zoo was packed with children. They love the elephants.

Lions are always entertaining. They truly know how to relax.

This American Alligator was even more relaxed. It looked like a statue.

I missed the Komodo dragon. The zoo is huge.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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