Elephant keeper Debbie Flinkman, feeds grain and apple fiber biscuits to female Asian elephants, Shanthi, 38, left, and Ambika, 65, center, in their new enclosure at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Elephant Community Center. (Ricky Carioti/THE WASHINGTON POST)
I f you go

What: The Elephant Community Center

Where: The National Zoo,
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW

When: Buildings at the zoo are open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Beginning Monday through October, buildings will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Zoo grounds open at 6 a.m.

How much: Zoo admission is free. Parking costs $16 for three hours, $22 for more than three hours.

For more information: Have your parents call 202-633-2614 or visit nationalzoo.si.edu. Always ask a parent before going online.

READ: All about the zoo’s new elephant house.