American Trail opening at National Zoo


beaverThe National Zoo’s American Trail, a newly renovated exhibit brings back seals and sea lions, will open to the public Sept. 1.

In the newly renovated area, guests come face-to-face with California sea lions; watch playful beavers and otters; admire the classic beauty of eagles, wolves and ravens; splash and play in a kid-friendly tide pool exhibit; and wander through landscaped trails.

American Trail showcases species that are part of North American wildlife. The majority of species have rebounded after facing severe threats and many have been listed as endangered. Conservation efforts—including efforts made by the National Zoo—have helped their populations recover and thrive.

Included in the exhibit are a sea lion pup born in June 2011, gray seals, bald eagles, ravens, river otters, beavers, gray wolves, brown pelicans and merganser ducks.
The exhibit Opens Sept. 1 at noon. A special preview for FONZ members will be Aug. 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sept. 1, 8 a.m.-12 noon. For details visit.

For details visit the Smithsonian National Zoological Park website.