Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Animal enclosures have changed over time, evolving from mere "housing" to more natural and enriching environments. The Zoo's 2013 renovation of the 1937 Elephant House to an Elephant Community Center makes room for indoor socializing and playing for our growing, multi-generational elephant herd.
The Elephant Community Center (ECC) is a renovated and expanded Elephant House. Skylights open for fresh air, four feet of sand cushions the flooring, and a wading pool has an elephant-operated shower.
Captions from photos on marker:
In 1903, this brick building, the original Elephant House, replaced a temporary wooden shed for elephants.
The 'Pachyderm House' replaced the old Elephant House in 1937. The yards of this Elephant House featured moated exhibits for the first time.
The space where elephants once stood, in the Elephant House has been converted to ample and comfortable room for our elephants and renamed the Elephant Community Center.
"This building demonstrates our strong commitment to making sure that Asian elephants are here for future generations."
This exhibition has been brought to you in part by: Capitol One Bank Investing for Good
Erected by Smithsonian Institution.
Location. 38° 55.892′ N, 77° 3.087′ W. Marker is in Smithsonian National Zoo, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. It's Our 125th Birthday! (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); Feeding Times at the Zoo (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithsonian's National Zoo (within shouting distance of this marker); Meet Our Bison (within shouting distance of this marker); And Then There Were (Almost) None (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bison and the National Zoo (about 300 feet away); Olmsted Walk (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithsonian National Zoo.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 17, 2017, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.