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A Day at the Zoo

"The National Zoological Park (SNZP) exhibits living animal and plant collections to provide educational and recreational opportunities for the visiting public and conducts research in conservation biology and reproductive sciences. Our mission is to celebrate, study, and protect the diversity of animals and their habitats. The Zoo is a beautiful urban park offering families fun and excitement, stimulating education programs, and a peaceful place to enjoy nature. The 163-acre park in the heart of Washington, D.C., is home to a wonderfully diverse animal collection, ranging from hummingbirds to elephants......" -Smithsonian's National Zoo Mission Statement

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About 2,800 animals and 435 different species currently make up the zoo's collection of animals.

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You will find these amazing sculptures all throughout the zoo

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The National Zoo has two Grevy's Zebras

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This Zebra is fed herbivore pellets and grass. *

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Grevy's Zebras live in northern Kenya and southern and eastern Ethiopia.

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Grevy's zebras grow up to be nine feet long, weigh up to 990 pounds, and stand almost five and a half feet at the shoulder.

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This is Kandula, a 2 1/2 year old baby asian elephant *

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He loves to play in the water.

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On April 18, Kandula weighed 1,397 pounds, gaining an average of about three pounds per day this month.

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When Kandula is full grown, he will weigh around 10,000lbs.

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The height of an elephant can be estimated from its footprint! The circumference of Kandula's left forefoot was measured at 26 ½ inches.

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The National Zoo is home to 4 asian elephants.

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Asian elephants are strong, social, and intelligent.

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In the wild, everyday wear and tear keeps the Elephants' toenails short. In the zoo, the trainers have to file them down.

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At the National Zoo, keepers train the Asian elephants so as to provide them with physical and mental exercise.

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