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Washington D.C., The Drive and Day 1

Updated on April 12, 2015

Rhode Island to New Jersey

In the first day, Mr. Chaffee and I drove 220 miles to my friend Valerie's house!

Our Route

The blue line on the map shows the road that we took to drive to Washington!
The blue line on the map shows the road that we took to drive to Washington!

Our Trip

 
Day 1
Day 2
Miles in the Car
220
188
 
 
 
How Many Miles Total?
 
 
Can you do the math? It's a challenge!

Day 1: Smithsonian National Zoo

This zoo was HUGE! Like a lot of the monuments, memorials and museums in Washington, we did not have to pay to get in to the zoo. You could make donations to the different animals and conservation programs instead! Conservation is a word used by scientists and researchers that means trying to save the animals and their habitats around the world!

National Zoo

A markerNational Zoo Washington DC -
Smithsonian's National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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We walked a few blocks from our hotel and found the zoo! We spent over four hours walking around and looking at all of the animals!

Some Animal Highlights

In science we have been talking about living or non-living things! The zoo had mostly living things, but some of these animals are endangered or extinct in the wild!

Endangered means that there are not many of these animals left in the world.

Extinct means that they are gone!! Scientists are working hard to help some of these species by keeping them alive in zoos and trying to make more of them so that they don't disappear! If an animal was listed as extinct in the wild, that means that you can only find them in zoos around the world... they don't live in the wild anymore!

Below are some of the animals that we saw in the zoo with some fun facts!

Asian Small-Clawed Otters

The otters really liked coming right up to the glass to play and look at visitors!
The otters really liked coming right up to the glass to play and look at visitors!
This little guy reminded me of JP.... always moving and wanting to play!
This little guy reminded me of JP.... always moving and wanting to play!

Giant Pandas

Bao Bao the Panda!
Bao Bao the Panda!
Bao Bao is the panda that was born in 2013! She's not such a little baby anymore!
Bao Bao is the panda that was born in 2013! She's not such a little baby anymore!
Bao Bao having a snack!
Bao Bao having a snack!
Tian Tian is the daddy panda!
Tian Tian is the daddy panda!

Some Thoughts About Pandas

We read about Pandas a few weeks ago. We know that they are endangered and that they come from a country called China. The National Zoo has three pandas, Mei Xiang (the Mom), Tian Tian (the Dad) and Bao Bao (the Baby). Mei Xiang and Tian Tian had another baby panda a few years before Bao Bao. He has been moved to another zoo so that he can one day have a family of his own!

These pandas all have names that mean different things in Chinese.

Mei Xiang means "Beautiful Fragrance" (that means a pretty smell).

Tian Tian means "More and More".

Bao Bao means "Precious Treasure".


You can view the live Panda Cam at this link!

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/webcams/giant-panda.cfm

Birds... Big and Small

In the Aviary, birds can wander on the paths with the humans! Can you remember what we said about peacocks? Is this a male or a female?
In the Aviary, birds can wander on the paths with the humans! Can you remember what we said about peacocks? Is this a male or a female?
This Emu liked to follow me around the outside of the fence... I have a video of him too!
This Emu liked to follow me around the outside of the fence... I have a video of him too!
True or False? Flamingos are pink because of the food that they eat?
True or False? Flamingos are pink because of the food that they eat?
Remember Zazu from the movie "The Lion King"? This is a hornbill like Zazu!
Remember Zazu from the movie "The Lion King"? This is a hornbill like Zazu!
This little guy is called a Motmot.
This little guy is called a Motmot.

Lots of Birds

While these are only pictures of a few of the birds at the zoo, they were very interesting! If you said that the blue peacock was the male or boy than you were correct! The female is the gray bird right beneath it! The males use their tail feathers to show off!

A lot of the signs in the Aviary and the different bird exhibits said that in these bird families, the Dad's are the ones who stay on the nest and take care of the eggs. What other bird that we studied does that sound like?

The Emu is native to Australia, and can grow to be almost six feet tall!

If you said that it was True that the flamingo's diet turns them pink, you were correct! If Flamingos don't have enough of the proper vitamins and nutrients in their meals, then they start to turn a gray color instead of that beautiful pink!

We Made a Few Big Circles on the Zoo Map...

WT the other day you wrote about wanting a Cheetah for a pet. We found this guy for you! Did you know that they can run about 60 miles per hour when they get moving? That's as fast as a car on the highway!
WT the other day you wrote about wanting a Cheetah for a pet. We found this guy for you! Did you know that they can run about 60 miles per hour when they get moving? That's as fast as a car on the highway!
This elephant is in part of the herd with her Grandmother, and her son! Her name is Schwarma.
This elephant is in part of the herd with her Grandmother, and her son! Her name is Schwarma.
Asian Elephants are almost extinct in the wild! They are endangered right now, and without a lot of help they may be extinct in our lifetime!
Asian Elephants are almost extinct in the wild! They are endangered right now, and without a lot of help they may be extinct in our lifetime!
A Baby Armadillo! Did you know that an armadillo actually can't roll itself completely into a ball?
A Baby Armadillo! Did you know that an armadillo actually can't roll itself completely into a ball?
Golden-Lion Tamarin
Golden-Lion Tamarin
You might think this is a crocodile or an alligator, but it isn't! It's actually something called a gharial! Can you spot the difference? It's pretty thin!
You might think this is a crocodile or an alligator, but it isn't! It's actually something called a gharial! Can you spot the difference? It's pretty thin!
A Komodo Dragon
A Komodo Dragon

Reptiles and Amphibians

And this... AuW is the Anaconda that you had asked me about last week! This is actually the adult version, which is over 20 feet long.
And this... AuW is the Anaconda that you had asked me about last week! This is actually the adult version, which is over 20 feet long.
This one is a baby... he's only about seven feet and he did NOT like when they started to fill the pool with water while he was sleeping...
This one is a baby... he's only about seven feet and he did NOT like when they started to fill the pool with water while he was sleeping...
Gecko hanging out for a tree bath...
Gecko hanging out for a tree bath...
Are you wondering how this gecko is sticking to the glass on his habitat?
Are you wondering how this gecko is sticking to the glass on his habitat?
If you look closely, they have really interesting patterns on their feet and toes. These act like suction cups to hold them to different surfaces!
If you look closely, they have really interesting patterns on their feet and toes. These act like suction cups to hold them to different surfaces!
CG this is a Grand Cayman Iguana!
CG this is a Grand Cayman Iguana!
Like the Venus Fly Trap, the Pitcher Plant eats small insects and sometimes frogs and lizards if they get too curious!
Like the Venus Fly Trap, the Pitcher Plant eats small insects and sometimes frogs and lizards if they get too curious!
Salamanders are amphibians like frogs, they spend a lot of their time in the water and some time on land. They have to keep their bodies wet and moist to survive so they are always found near water!
Salamanders are amphibians like frogs, they spend a lot of their time in the water and some time on land. They have to keep their bodies wet and moist to survive so they are always found near water!

It's a Bird, It's a Plane... No... It's an Orangutan!

Western Lowland Gorillas are endangered!
Western Lowland Gorillas are endangered!
At this zoo, Orangutans can go across these rope bridges into different buildings!
At this zoo, Orangutans can go across these rope bridges into different buildings!

Lions and Tigers and Bears.... Oh My!!

CI this zoo has a LOT of big and small cats that you would love!
CI this zoo has a LOT of big and small cats that you would love!
This guy is called a Spectacled Bear... Can you see why?
This guy is called a Spectacled Bear... Can you see why?
A Seal catching some sun!
A Seal catching some sun!
Our national bird, the Bald Eagle!
Our national bird, the Bald Eagle!

Lions

At the National Zoo, there is a pride of about eleven lionesses. We managed to get to their exhibit right at lunch time! The Zookeepers brought out food and hid it in places for the lions to find. All of a sudden, they all came running out and went searching for it! The zookeepers hide their food, so that they if ever go back into the wild, they will still know how to hunt!


We have some really cool videos of the Lion Lunchtime, and some pictures that won't post for some reason! We will share these when we get back!

Fish from the Amazon River

Some of these fish were huge! Imagine swimming in a river with this guy!
Some of these fish were huge! Imagine swimming in a river with this guy!
This one was almost as big as Mr. Chaffee!
This one was almost as big as Mr. Chaffee!

Types of Animals

In math, we have been learning a little bit about sorting things! Did you know that animals can be sorted too?

If an animal is a fish, it will live in water, have scales and be cold-blooded (it needs to use the sun to warm up).

If an animal is a mammal, it will have fur and breathe air. It will be warm-blooded (it's body does the heating, we are mammals and don't need the sun)!

If an animal is a reptile, it will have scales and will lay eggs. They are cold-blooded.

If an animal is a bird, it will have feathers, breathe air and will lay eggs. They are warm-blooded.

How many animals can you name and then sort into it's animal group or "kingdom"?

Tomorrow's Schedule

Tomorrow, Mr. Chaffee and I are going to visit many of the national monuments and memorials in Washington D.C.! We look forward to our video call, and we will post some pictures later on Monday night! If you have any questions, you can have Ms. Vito email us and we will see if we can find the answer! :)

Talk to you soon!

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      TravelWithMissC 3 years ago

      I thought she might!! Every time I saw a cat of any kind I thought of her!! :) Miss you guys!!

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      Susie625 3 years ago

      Great Miss C!! Christina says she loves them! She liked the Tiger picture! Thank You for sharing your adventure with us!

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