Washington DC is one of the most visited cities in the world. It is located Pacific Northwest part of the United States. This beautiful place is also filled with a vast diversity of flora and fauna. Moreover, to preserve this terrestrial ecosystem there are a number of zoos, research opportunities, and numerous conservation efforts going on in Washington. Below are some of the best zoos in the capital city of the United States.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
This beautiful zoo is really a gem for all wildlife enthusiasts. This is a unique and different zoo. The zoo has an area of 435 acres and allows animals to roam freely without limits just like their natural habitat. The entire place is filled with wetlands, forests, and meadows. In here, you would be able to see bighorn sheep, wolves, freely roaming Bison, bobcats, elk, mountain goats, and eagles, which are something you would not be able to experience anywhere else. There is also a 50-minute tram ride here that would take you through the immense area of the park by giving you a narration about it.
On the other hand, if you take a walk through the forested paths then you would be able to see a large number of animals that often hide in lairs, which include Canada lynx, grizzly bear, gray wolves, beavers, red foxes, American black bears, and a lot of other animals. The zoo opens from 09:30 am to 03:00 pm every day. The entry fee is $23 for all adults, $21 for seniors (who are above 65), $15 for children (age group 5 to 12), and $11 for children (age group 3 to 4).
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
The National Zoo, which is located in Woodley Park, is a must-visit place for all animal lovers visiting Washington DC. This is also one among all of the oldest zoos in the United States. There are about 1500 animals living in this magnificent zoo, which are from 300 diverse species. Almost 25 percent of animals in this zoo are among the list of endangered species. This zoo is therefore both a global conservation and research center.
This zoo is also home to the giant pandas, which are too among the endangered species living in this zoo. In the Zoo’s Panda Cams, you would be able to see giant pandas playing in trees, chomping on bamboo, and tumbling in the grass even as you watch them. This zoo also displays Cheetah Conservation Station, Amazonia, the Reptile Discovery Centre, Elephant Trails, and Kids Farm. The zoo opens from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm every day. The entry fee is $16 for 3 hours, and it is $22 for more than 3 hours.
The Whale Museum
This awesome museum was opened in 1979. This is also the nation’s first museum, which was solely devoted to Killer Whales. The museum also does research and studies on preserving the Salish Sea Ecosystem along with the entertainments it offers you. This wonderful place has a wide range of programs including the Gray Whale Project, an excursion to the Lime Kiln State Park and the Orca ID Lab, which could make your trip spectacular.
The whale carcasses that could be seen resting on the ceiling is another big attraction of this museum together with its wonderful exhibits and interactive activities for kids. The killer whale carcasses on the ceiling would give you an idea of its actual size. The museum opens from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm every day. The entry fee for adults is $20, it is $18 for seniors (who are above 65) and students, and it is $5 for children (aging from 6 to 17).
Cougar Mountain Zoological Park
This awesome Zoological Park is settled on the northern slope of Cougar Mountain. This awesome zoo gives you a wide view of the Cascade Mountain Range and the Sammamish Lake. It lies in an area of 11 acres and its main aim is to communicate the needs for conservation and to spread knowledge through education. You could see Madagascar Lemurs, Bengal Tigers, a range of endangered birds and a lot more in this place.
This wonderful place has about 32 animal exhibits, which mainly concentrate on the endangered species that include macaws, cranes, Lemurs, wolves, reindeer, cougars, wallabies, and more. The glass-walled tunnels in this magnificent zoo provide its visitors with a pretty close look of the tigers. The zoo also has many animal sculptures made of bronze, which are kept for display, while the Wildlife Tracks Library presents a list of animal tracks that could really help you in identifying an animal using its tracks.
The zoo opens from 09:30 am to 05:00 pm every day. The entry fee for adults is $14.50, it is $13.50 for seniors (who are above 65), and it is $11.5 for children (aging from 2 to 12).