Animal Photos - Along the Asia Trail at the National Zoo

  • 01 of 09

    Panda Cub on the Asia Trail

    ••• Tai Shan on the Asia Trail. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo

    In October 2006, the National Zoo opened its Asia Trail, a series of exhibits that were part of a $53 million improvement project. The trail is home to numerous Asian animals, with habitats that let you get very close to the animals on display and interactive technology that teaches you throughout the trail.

    Here is a view of Tai Shan, the Giant Panda Cub, in his improved habitat along the Asia Trail.

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  • 02 of 09

    Sloth Bears

    ••• Sloth Bears. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo
    The sloth bears moved to their new exhibit along the Asia Trail, and are getting used to their new habitat.
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  • 03 of 09

    Asian Small-Clawed Otters

    ••• Asian Small-Clawed Otters. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo

    Asian Small-Clawed Otters are the smallest of the world's 13 otter species and live in freshwater streams, rivers, and creeks. Their new habitat is a part of the Asia Trail.

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  • 04 of 09

    Clouded Leopard

    ••• Clouded Leopard. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo
    The clouded leopard live in the Himalayas, southern China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Sumatra and the island of Borneo. They are rarely seen in the wild and are listed on the World Conservation Union's Red List of Threatened Animals. They are one of the only cats living at the new Asia Trail.
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  • 05 of 09

    Red Panda

    ••• Red Panda. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo

    The Giant Panda's aren't the only adorable bears at the zoo! The red panda is also an endangered species. Her new habitat is near the Giant Pandas along the Asia Trail.

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  • 06 of 09

    Japanese Giant Salamanders

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    ••• Photo © Smithsonian National Zoo

    Japanese Giant Salamanders are about five feet long and weigh about 55 pounds. They live in the mud, with stones, and plants and their new habitat is a part of the Asia Trail.

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  • 07 of 09

    Fishing Cat

    ••• Fishing Cat. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo

    Fishing Cats are small cats native to south and southeast Asia and one of the only cat species that are part of the Asia Trail at the National Zoo.

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  • 08 of 09

    Mei Xiang in Her New Habitat

    ••• Mei Xiang in Her New Habitat. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo

    The Giant Cubs have gotten comfortable in their new habitat along the Asia Trail.

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  • 09 of 09

    Sloth Bear Up Close

    ••• Sloth Bear Up Close. Photo © Jessie Cohen/National Zoo

    The new habitats along the Asia Trail were designed to let you get very close to the animals on display.

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