GWAPA – National Zoo Tours

October 1st, 2006

The National Zoo in Washington D.C. was kind enough to give GWAPA behind-the-scene tours of two of their exhibits – Invertebrates and Amazonia. Both tours were fantastic, so I wanted to share a few pictures from our tours.


The coral on the right is believed to be the largest captive-kept coral of it’s type.


GWAPA members looking at the salt-mixing station for all of the Invertebrate tanks.


Checking out a big tank.


Watching as they try to feed a large starfish on the glass.


Hermit crab.


Spiny lobster. They later fed this lobster while we were there.


Baby Cuttlefish being reared behind the scenes prior displaying to the public.


Fairly young arowana cruising around the service of the pool-style tank in Amazonia.


Java moss carpet, with lots of LARGE fish!


Emergent growth from the pool.


Two very large Arapaima. Amazingly, they showed us two young Arapaima behind-the-scenes that would easily fit in our conventional aquariums, albeit, not for long.


Those are big filters!


View of one of the pools, looking down on it from the rain-forest style display above.


And what would a trip to the zoo be without seeing the seals?

One Response to “GWAPA – National Zoo Tours”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Wow, what great pictures! I wish I could have gone too. It really looks like it was an informative tour 😉

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