Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The animals—and their keepers—at the National Zoo’s Small Mammal House get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.  Keepers created animal-enrichment activities and objects full of treats for many of the small mammals. These enrichment activities provide physical and mental stimulation for the animals that give them opportunities to use their natural abilities and behaviors. The… Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Albert Einstein’s pipe, circa 1948

Albert Einstein, creator of the theory of relativity, Nobel Prize winner and striver for world peace, is almost as well known for his physical appearance as for his epochal work in theoretical physics. Characteristic of that appearance was a pipe. Although in his later years he restricted his smoking on doctors’ orders, he could not… Continue reading Albert Einstein’s pipe, circa 1948

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