The 史密森学会’s National Zoo and 保护 Biology Institute leads the 史密森学会's global efforts to save species, better understand ecosystems and train future generations of 保护ists. 成立于1889年, the Zoo is part of the 史密森学会 Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Its two campuses are home to more than 2,000只动物, including some of the planet’s most critically endangered species.
Always free of charge, the Zoo's 163-acre park in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a popular tourist destination, welcoming nearly 2 million visitors from all over the world each year. The Zoo instills a lifelong commitment to 保护 through engaging experiences with 动物 and the people working to save them. Today, the Zoo is home to nearly 1,800 动物 representing more than 360 species.
The 史密森学会's commitment to 保护, research and education extends to its 保护 Biology Institute in nearby Front Royal, 维吉尼亚州的3,200英亩的校园. More than 270 动物 representing 20 species live on this campus, where scientists and animal care experts conduct veterinary and reproductive research to save wildlife and habitats.
史密森尼国家动物园 and 保护 Biology Institute researchers also work in field stations in more than 30 countries around the world. 与合作伙伴, they create and share knowledge to aid in the 保护 and restoration of species and habitats. Findings from their studies provide critical data for the management of populations in human care, as well as valuable insights for the 保护 and management of wild populations.
While the federal appropriation funds approximately 70% of the 史密森尼国家动物园 and 保护 Biology Institute's operating budget, it only funds 50% of the capital budget and less than half of the research budget. Only through generous contributions can the 史密森尼国家动物园 and 保护 Biology Institute build new animal habitats, develop educational programs, conduct and share vital research, train the next generation of global 保护 leaders, and have the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected opportunities. Learn how your support can help save species.
The 史密森尼国家动物园 and 保护 Biology Institute is a long-standing accredited member of the 动物园协会 & 水族馆, the organization that determines modern zoological standards for its 200-plus members. AZA accreditation certifies that the Zoo has met or exceeded AZA’s standards for animal care, 兽医项目, 保护, 教育和安全.