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Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, December 10, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Monday, December 10, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Bird Keeper Chat

By 2021, the Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will transform into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction with almost 100 species of migratory birds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Even though the Zoo's Bird House is currently closed, visitors can still talk to a Bird House keeper daily at 11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Science Gallery. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 10, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Monday, December 10, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Bird Banding Demonstration

Engage with a Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientist as they demonstrate how they band and study wild birds. This demo will take place on Wednesdays in front of the Zoo’s Amazonia exhibit. Please note: This demo is subject to cancellations due to inclement weather, including cold temperatures, high winds and rain. Wednesdays only. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia outdoor plaza. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Meet-a-Zoo Nutritionist

Meet a Zoo Nutritionist and find out what it takes to feed and care for Zoo animals from Ants to Elephants. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Science Gallery. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Friday, December 14, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Birds in Flight

Get an up-close look at exotic birds as they soar overhead and exhibit natural behaviors in this FREE, limited-run show at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Join renowned bird behaviorist Phung Luu and his flock of exotic birds for demonstrations, photo opportunities, and hand-feedings on the first four Saturdays in December from 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Birds on exhibit in this program may include owls, buzzards, falcons, macaws, parrots, ravens and more! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Conservation Pavilion, outdoor patio. Cost: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Reptile Volunteer Chat

Meet a Reptile Discovery Center volunteer to learn about one of the fascinating species within the exhibit. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:20 PM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Zebra

Meet with a keeper and learn more about what makes Grevy’s zebras so cool. Meeting location is across the walkway from the hornbill exhibit. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zebra Exhibit. Cost: Free. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Saturday, December 15, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Bird Keeper Chat

By 2021, the Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will transform into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction with almost 100 species of migratory birds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Even though the Zoo's Bird House is currently closed, visitors can still talk to a Bird House keeper daily at 11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Science Gallery. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM.

Reptile Volunteer Chat

Meet a Reptile Discovery Center volunteer to learn about one of the fascinating species within the exhibit. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:20 PM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Zebra

Meet with a keeper and learn more about what makes Grevy’s zebras so cool. Meeting location is across the walkway from the hornbill exhibit. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zebra Exhibit. Cost: Free. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Sunday, December 16, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM.

Highlights Tour

Overview of the Zoo. 2 hour walking tour subject to volunteer availability. Groups larger than 10 people please call 202-633-3056. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Meet at Visitor Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Monday, December 17, 2018, 9:45 AM – 11:45 AM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free. Monday, December 17, 2018, 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM.

Amazon Fish Feeding

Thousands of fish species live in the Amazon River Basin. Meet some of them during this feeding in Amazonia. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Exhibit- entrance level. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Outpost. Cost: Free. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Red Panda or Giant Panda Keeper Talk

Come hear what it takes to look after the Zoo's pandas from one of our animal keepers. This demonstration may take place at the red panda OR giant panda yards. Check the board at the entrance to Asia Trail for the exact location. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Red panda or giant panda yards; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:20 AM.

Keeper Chat

Learn about studies being conducted with animals at the Zoo's Think Tank exhibit, including orangutans, Allen's swamp monkeys and Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Think Tank. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM.

Bird Keeper Chat

By 2021, the Zoo’s historic 1928 Bird House and the surrounding bird plateau will transform into Experience Migration, a first-of-its-kind attraction with almost 100 species of migratory birds integral to North, Central and South American ecosystems. Even though the Zoo's Bird House is currently closed, visitors can still talk to a Bird House keeper daily at 11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Science Gallery. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM.

Electric Fishes Lab Keeper Talk

Visit our shocking new Electric Fishes Demonstration Lab at the Amazonia Field Station and learn about these fascinating fishes from an animal keeper who cares for them. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Amazonia Field Station. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Gorilla Keeper Talk

Learn about the fascinating world of apes. Look for an animal keeper outside by the gorilla yard or inside the Great Ape house to hear about our gorilla troops. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House, outdoor gorilla yard or inside the building. Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:20 PM.

Big Cat Keeper Chat

Talk with an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's lions and tigers twice daily between the animal yards to the right of the carousel in Great Cats Circle. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Cats Circle, between the two yards to the right of the carousel. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Keeper's Choice

Animal care staff will introduce you to one of the species on American Trail. Check the board located near the "Get your Feet Wet" tide pool exhibit on American Trail for information on today’s demo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Kids' Farm Keeper Talk

Alpacas, donkeys, and goats-Oh My! Keepers will introduce you to one of the many furry or feathered residents of the Farm. This demonstration is weather dependent. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Kids' Farm. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Sloth Bear Feeding

Hear from an animal keeper and get a view of one of our sloth bears in their yard as they enjoy a food or enrichment* item. *The Smithsonian's National Zoo's enrichment program provides physically and mentally stimulating toys, activities and environments for all the Zoo’s animals. Enrichment allows animals to demonstrate their species-typical behavior, gives them opportunity to exercise control or choice over their environment and enhances their well-being. Enrichment is just as essential to animal welfare as proper nutrition and veterinary care. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail, sloth bear yards. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 1:30 PM – 1:50 PM.

Andean Bear Keeper Chat

Talk with one of the animal keepers who cares for the Zoo's Andean bears daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Andean bears are located between the Zoo's Amazonia and American Trail exhibits. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Andean bear yard, between Amazonia and American Trail. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Asia Trail Animal Feeding

Check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail to see which animal will receive a treat during today's demonstration. Weather permitting. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Asia Trail; check the sign at the entrance to Asia Trail for today's location. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

Elephant Keeper Talk

Learn all about Asian elephants and how animal care staff work with these four-ton animals! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Elephant Community Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Indoor Panda Feeding

Come inside the Giant Panda House to see our pandas munch on their largest bamboo feeding of the day! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Giant Panda House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Great Ape Keeper

Hear from an animal keeper who cares for the Zoo's gorillas and orangutans. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Great Ape House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM.

Meet-a-Small Mammal

An animal keeper will introduce you to one of the Zoo's small mammals like an armadillo or naked mole-rat. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Small Mammal House. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM.

Meet-a-Reptile or Amphibian

Come meet a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center and learn about one fascinating species they care for. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Reptile Discovery Center. Cost: Free and open to the public. Monday, December 17, 2018, 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM.

ZooLights

Join the thousands of visitors who make ZooLights a part of their annual holiday tradition. A free event, ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats, and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music! Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Zoo-wide. Cost: Event is free and open to the public. Continues: Nov. 23 to Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Monday, December 17, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.