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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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The scales are quite large. Its mouth is turned up toward the surface of the water, and it feeds at the surface.

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This is a sea urchin.

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These kids get to have hands on experience with sea urchins.

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The National Zoo has all kinds of programs for the kids to learn more about the sea life.

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Some of these urchins are pretty scary looking.

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The zoo has feeding shows, and kids can learn how the sea urchins eat.

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The Octopus Enrichment Program provides the Giant Pacific octopus opportunities for exploration and interaction similar to that observed in the wild.

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It also seeks to reduce the frequency of octopi jetting and crashing into the side of its tank.

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The adjoining behavioral study serves to evaluate the animalÂ’s reaction to specific objects.

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Their eyes are much like humans eyes.

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Their skin is very wrinkley.

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Definitely one of the coolest things I have ever scene.

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Few animals have as ferocious a reputation as piranhas (genus Serrasalmus), a freshwater fish found in the tropics of South America.

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Watching them fight for the food was fun.

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Turtles being fed in the Amazonia exhibit

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