Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Feeding Times at the Zoo
Smithsonian's National Zoo
—125 Years —
Since the early days, the Zoo has prepared special foods for our animals. But just as nutrition guidelines for people have changed over the years, so too has our knowledge of animals' needs. Today, a team of nutritionists, veterinarians and keepers provide the best known diet for each Zoo animal.
Our Commissary receives and distributes almost 3,000 pounds of food daily. Final meal preparations are made using science-based recipes developed in our Nutrition Laboratory—the first of its kind in a U.S. zoo—established in 1980.
Captions of images on marker:
Preparing a meal in the old butcher shop
Baking loaves of bread to feed the bears, 1934
Hidden or disguised food promotes hunting behavior in animals liked these maned wolves.
This exhibition has been brought to you in part by: Whole Foods Market
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 55.905′ N, 77° 3.11′ W. Marker is in Smithsonian National Zoo, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Olmsted Walk. Touch for map. On the grounds of the Smithsonian National Zoological Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. It's Our 125th Birthday! (a few steps from this marker); Meet Our Bison (within shouting distance of this marker); House Remodeling (within shouting distance of this marker); And Then There Were (Almost) None (within shouting distance of this marker); Bison and the National Zoo (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithsonian's National Zoo (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olmsted Walk (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
Categories. • Animals • Environment •
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