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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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During the winter months, prairie dogs spend most of the time in their underground burrows: out of sight and out of the cold.

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This sloth bear is sleeping.

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Sloth bears grow five to six feet long, stand two to three feet high at the shoulder, and weigh from 120 (in lighter females) to 310 pounds (in heavy males).

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Sloth Bears are native to the Indian sub-continent.

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This is a Spectaculed Bear. They are very rare. *

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The National Zoo is working to conserve the Golden Lion Tamarin species. A pair consisting of a male named "Rio" and a female named "Chrysta" are living in Beaver Valley where they are ranging free in the tree-tops.

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Kangaroos have a pouch in their stomach that their babies can ride around in.

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Ring-tailed lemurs are found in the southwest portion of Madagascar.

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Lemurs live in arid, open areas and forests.

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The National Zoo has many youth programs.

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This group of kids are on a field trip.

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Kids of all ages love to come visit the zoo.

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This spider isn't behind glass!

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Individual arapaima are typically six to seven feet long. Some reach eight feet or more.

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One of the largest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima is a torpedo-shaped black fish with red markings.

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