Go on a safari to the National Zoo for a behind-the-scenes look at the world of animals. Not your typical visit to the zoo, these programs show students where and how animals live and why it’s important to protect them. Through the animal world, students learn more about our own ecosystem.
Hey! Have You Heard About Herds—This program looks at what constitutes a herd, how herd animals live and communicate, some of the people who work with hoofed animals, and some of the different endangered herd animals found at the National Zoo.
Home on the Range—This program focuses on people who work with animals native to the North American continent (puma, black-footed ferret, bald eagle, California condor, California sea lion, and members of the bear family). Others topics related to North American animals include a discussion of what is a habitat and how animals become endangered.
In a Word, It's a Bird—This program goes to the Zoo, interviews people who work with birds, examines the care and feeding of birds in captivity and in the wild, and looks at research being conducted at zoo facilities in Washington and in Front Royal, VA.
Land of the Giants—This program features "giants" of particular species: tallest animal, biggest primate, spider, lizard, bird, and the giant panda. It also explores what makes a giant, the advantages of being giant, and the difference between arachnids and insects.