The National Zoo’s Front Royal Campus welcomed clouded leopard cubs on Valentines Day- Feb. 14, 2010. Photo credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The National Zoo is proud to announce the birth of not one, but two adorable baby boy clouded leopards born to Mom Jao Chu and Dad Hannibal! The babies were born at the Zoo’s conservation campus in Front Royal, VA, 16 minutes apart on Valentine’s Day. Each weighed little more than a half pound at birth. They join siblings Sa Ming(“brave warrior”) and Ta Moon (“mischievous child”).
Their parents, Jao Chu and Hannibal, are native to Thailand, but due to deforestation in the region their species was listed as “vulnerable to extinction.” The family is currently hoping to upgrade their home due to their growing family. The facility they currently reside in was built in 1911, so the National Zoo has launched a campaign to raise $2 million for a new facility. The updated habitats for each breeding pair will include a climate-controlled and quiet indoor area attached to two 20-foot-tall climbing towers to simulate their natural forest environment. The current facility has done an outstanding job with 76 clouded leopard cubs being born in Front Royal since 1978.
Kids will make plenty of new friends at Destination Smithsonian. Photo: Smithsonian Associates
At some point, every child has to write an essay on what they did on during their summer vacation. What will your child say? This year, we are introducing Destination Smithsonian - vacation packages that bring families to Washington, D.C. Both parents and kids have a unique chance to explore the museums at their own pace. In the morning, kids ages 9 through 12 have a great time during hands-on workshops led by top educators while parents explore the Smithsonian independently. After lunch, families explore the museums together with our Smithsonian experts. Imagine the dinner table conversations at the end of that day!
The Washington Glass School is DC’s favorite place for beginning crafters and experience artists to hone their glass art skills. Here’s a documentary from the School, honoring it’s first seven years of teaching and nurturing glass art.
Would you like to meet artists in their studios, and maybe find something for your own collection? Join us this April for the Smithsonian Craft Show.
When you’re feeling creative, what’s your favorite craft?
One native Washingtonian family special to our hearts here in our nation’s capital is the Scurlock family. Their photography studio captured iconic images of notable African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, as well as many of DC’s everyday people.
Simply put, the Smithsonian Craft Show is one of the most prestigious contemporary art events in the United States. More than 100 exhibitors meet in Washington, DC at the National Building Museum to not only show and sell their limited edition creations; they also connect with visitors to discuss their work in person. This unique opportunity provides art lovers the opportunity to meet expert artisans in jewelry, furniture, glass, ceramics, and basketry. Check out some of the most amazing pieces from the 2009 Smithsonian Craft Show.
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