An afternoon at the Smithsonian National Zoo

I’ve been to Washington D.C. for about three times and I haven’t heard of a zoo nor seen one there, only of the museums and the White House. So I checked and found the National Zoological Park.

Anyway, the zoological park is 163 acres; home to about 400 species. It also known as the Smithsonian National Zoo as it is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The zoo is open everyday except December 25 with no admission fees.

The zoo was far from our hotel; about a couple of train trips and a short walk from the station. Aaaaannnnnnnd, it just occurred to me, there were pandas on my train tickets. *facepalms*

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I guess we went at an off-peak season. There were only a few kids, the zoo caretakers, and joggers. I would be so motivated to jog everyday if my view would be animals. One or two laps around the huge park would be enough. 🙂 It was also still fairly cold then, which also means some animals were not available for viewing.

If only I could take photos of every animal and of all parts of the zoo, I would have done so. Heck, if only I could bring the zoo to my family and friends… Or to you guys! lolol Anyway, I did take too many photos. So here they are after a long time they’ve been untouched in my xhd. I’ll try not to spam too much.

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The elephants couldn’t be out while it was still cold.

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Keel-billed Toucan


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Flamingos


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There was a loud ambulance siren that could be heard from where we were. One of the lions was growling, trying to imitate the sound of the siren. I thought it was cute, but I was also scared. ^^;;;

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I wanted to call a help because we were so exhausted from all the walking. We rested for a while just a little before the zoo closing then went back to the hotel.

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Please see my Flickr album — https://www.flickr.com/photos/hyukta/sets/72157665366056446 — for all photos I have from the zoo. 🙂

Further info on the Smithsonian National Zoo such as how to get there, programs, events, etc., this is their url — https://nationalzoo.si.edu/.

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