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2012 EPA Research Progress Report

EPA-Sponsored Biodiversity Exhibit Opens at the National Zoo

EPA science has taken its place as a featured exhibit alongside giant pandas, bald eagles, and tigers at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park in Washington, DC.

Working under a long-standing memorandum of understanding between EPA and the Smithsonian to support partnerships between the two organizations, zoo exhibit developers and EPA scientists joined forces to produce a new, permanent interpretive exhibit highlighting the Agency’s leadership role supporting biodiversity and human health research, and the importance of healthy ecosystems for the well-being of humans.

Opened in late 2012, the exhibit is housed in the zoo’s Amazonia Science Gallery. It features a host of interpretive elements, including a computer-based “tick counting game” that invites children and other visitors to explore the forest as environmental scientists do, a suite of videos featuring EPA and partner field biologists, and a host of education materials such as posters, publications, and artifacts.

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