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Smithsonian Statement: Federal Government Shutdown

October 4, 2013

Note: Originally published Oct. 1, 2013

Due to the federal government shutdown, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are closed. Museum and National Zoo programming and events are also canceled.

The National Zoo live-animal cameras, including the panda cam, are not broadcasting. All the animals will continue to be fed and cared for at the National Zoo. A shutdown will not affect the Zoo’s commitment to the safety of staff and the standard of excellence in animal care.

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