National Zoo Asian Trail Exhibit Now Open

Just in time for a winter wandering, the Asia Trail at the National Zoo is now open. Feel free to gawk at the seven Asian species shivering in the cold:

  • sloth bears
  • fishing cats
  • red pandas
  • a Japanese giant salamander
  • clouded leopards
  • Asian small-clawed otters
  • and giant pandas

No word yet on if the otters get to play with the salamander – I think that would be a short, but tasty play time.

The red panda wasn’t playing so much as pacing when this crowd checked him out last weekend. He looked like a mental ward patient, walking back and forth on a little raised ledge until he spotted a grapefruit. Then he was all about eating the fleshly fruit, a welcomed break to his confinement.

As you can tell, I worry about the larger animals in the zoo. Often they look more insane prisoners than happy-go-lucky exotic species. Yes, they live a long and pampered life, but would you want to live in a zoo?

4 Comments so far

  1. Josh (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 11:58 am

    The red panda was doing the same thing the last time I was there. EVERYONE in the crowd was talking about it. I found it very sad.


  2. Don (unregistered) on February 18th, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    He’s probably scared for his life. The National Zoo is a dangerous place to be an animal and the red pandas were among the more notable fatalities, having died from eating rat poison.


  3. maia (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 10:12 pm

    Not to burst your bubble, but the Asia Trail has been open for months.


  4. sa-ra (unregistered) on February 19th, 2007 @ 10:29 pm

    dc zoo is very cool – time to check it out again. pandas eat tons of bamboos. and there is a bird called happiness. and a bird that tries to sing but makes everyone laugh. and an elephant that recognizes its mirror image. oh no, that’s ny.



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