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American Trail at the Smithsonian's National Zoo | by Smithsonian's National Zoo
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American Trail at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Photo credit: Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian's National Zoo


Opens Sept. 1, 2012!


Seals and sea lions are coming back to the Smithsonian's National Zoo! In a beautifully renovated area of the Zoo, guests can wander through landscaped trails and discover unparalleled opportunities to come face-to-face with California sea lions, watch playful beavers and otters, admire the classic beauty of eagles and wolves, and splash and play in a kid-friendly tide pool.


American Trail showcases species that are gems of North American wildlife, and treasures to us all. These animals represent the triumph of the American spirit and conservation success stories. The majority of American Trail species have rebounded after facing severe threats. Many of the residents of American Trail have been listed as endangered. Conservation efforts—including efforts made by the National Zoo—have helped their populations recover and thrive.


Come visit California sea lions—including the pup born in June 2011—gray seals, bald eagles, gray wolves, ravens, beavers, river otters, brown pelicans, and merganser ducks, and marvel at the diversity of America's treasures.

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Taken on August 26, 2012