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Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, DC
Approximately 1 hour from Baltimore

Always free of charge, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is one of Washington DC’s, and the Smithsonian’s, most popular tourist destinations, with nearly 2 million visitors from all over the world each year. Founded in 1889, the Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Today, the Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park and is home to nearly 1,800 animals representing more than 360 species.

The Zoo’s commitment to conservation, research and education extends to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, located in nearby Front Royal, Virginia on a sprawling 3,200-acre campus. SCBI scientists and animal care experts conduct veterinary and reproductive research to save wildlife and habitats for some of the world’s most endangered animals — more than 270 animals representing 20 species. 

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute leads the Smithsonian’s global effort to save species, better understand ecosystems and train future generations of conservationists. Its scientists also work in field stations around the world. More than 200 scientists and their partners in more than 30 countries create and share knowledge to aid in the survival and recovery of species and their habitats. Findings from these studies provide critical data for the management of captive populations and valuable insights for the conservation and management of wild populations. Collectively, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute care for more than 2,000 animals representing more than 380 species.

ZooAmerica® North American Wildlife Park, Hershey, PA
Approximately 1.5 hours from Baltimore

ZooAmerica® North American Wildlife Park is a home for more than 200 animals native to the continent of North America. We are located on 11 acres of landscape featuring native plants and landscaping in Hershey, PA – situated in-between the thrills of Hersheypark® and the chocolate-making business of The Hershey Company. Visit us for an adventure into the wild of North America today!

ZooAmerica® is offering free admission to all Conference attendees. Just show your conference badge for entry!

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