Category Archives: National Zoological Park

Remembering the Brightest Jack O’Lantern


The thing about your family acquiring multiple pets in their youth over the course of a few years is that they grow old together and then break your heart while it’s already broken. This is my third cat eulogy post … Continue reading

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Ollie and Olivia


Ollie is the National Zoo’s bobcat who recently made headlines by escaping her enclosure, possibly by crawling through a hole in the mesh fence, and disappearing for about three days until she was found back on the zoo’s campus near … Continue reading

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Photos: The Animals in the Living Collections


The majority of my five most recent posts did not have any photos, because the majority were about places I have not actually visited. But I did see the same kinds of animals today at the National Zoo:

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The Gorilla in the Zoo


By now, probably everyone has heard about the gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo, recently euthanized after a small boy (the many news articles I read variously cited his age as either 3 or 4 years old) deliberately entered his … Continue reading

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Photo of the Day: Lions


I hope everyone had a happy Halloween!

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The Cool Museum


Earlier this month, The Washington Post published a pull-out section listing 91 recommended spots for cooling off amid the summer heat – one for each Metro stop. (Some require a bus ride from the Metro stop. The bus ride itself … Continue reading

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Holiday Photos: National Zoo


These photos are from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park’s ZooLights and Gin-grr-bread Habitat Competition in 2010, in which gingerbread artists built dwellings designed for lions. (This year’s contest involves building a gingerbread habitat for pandas.)

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The Emu, the Smew, and the Elephant Shrew All Live at Woodley Park-Zoo


The full name of the Metro station is Woodley Park-Zoo-Adams Morgan. (Cue jokes about seeing a zoo of animals during the day, and a zoo of people at night in Adams Morgan.) At the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, visitors can … Continue reading

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Chytrid Fungus Is a Modern Plague


A few weeks ago, I attended a humanist Passover seder. As we read the haggadah that had been adapted for our contemporary humanist community, we called out modern plagues as well as the traditional list, leading me to ask: what … Continue reading

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Museum Peeps


The Washington Post’s annual Peeps diorama contest inevitably contains entries reflecting current events and pop culture from the past year (see, for example, this year’s collection of Miley Cyrus-themed works, in addition to references to Edward Snowden, the Sochi Olympics, … Continue reading

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