Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
It’s a conspiracy (of lemurs) Did you know… A group of orangutans is called a “congress.” A group of lemurs is called a “conspiracy.” A group of monkeys is called a “barrel” or “troop.”
IGNITING A PASSION FOR WILDLIFE
As the Washington, D.C. region’s favorite destination for families with children, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo instills a lifelong commitment to conservation through engaging experiences with animals and the people working to save them. Open 364 days a year and with free admission, the Zoo has some of Earth’s rarest animals that serve as ambassadors for their species.
SAVING SPECIES AROUND THE WORLD
Our scientists and animal care experts can be found at the Zoo, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s (SCBI) 3,200-acre campus in Front Royal,Virginia and in more than 30 countries across the globe. Through the study and breeding of endangered wildlife, we are unraveling the mysteries of declining populations and directly impacting the survival and recovery of species and ecosystems.
PHOTOS: Visit baby orangutan Redd (top) and giant panda cub Bei Bei (middle) at the Zoo. Spring 2017 brought a cheetah cub boom (bottom) at SCBI.