A spacious, sunny indoor Elephant Community Center is the final piece of the zoo’s $56 million project to build a state-of-the-art “Elephant Trails” exhibit and increase the size of its herd.
March 12, 2013Elephant 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 in Washington. The zoo had been renovating the old Elephant House, and its new “Elephant Trails” complex, which includes an Elephant Community Center, is a much more open space where the zoo's Asian elephants can roam indoors and outdoors throughout the day.Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.