What's not to like? The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, celebrating 125 years of welcoming visitors from all over the world, has joined with Metro to offer four limited-edition Zoo Anniversary SmarTrip Cards.
The reusable plastic cards come pre-loaded with $8 in stored fare value for a total price of $10 and features popular zoo baby residents, including giant panda cub Bao Bao, Sumatran tiger cubs Bandar and Sukacita, African lion cubs, and a gray seal pup named Rona.
The commemorative cards are now available online at www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip and at Metro-operated sales offices. They will be accessible in all Metrorail station dispensers by July 4, while supplies last.
On July 4, Metro staff will also be available for hand-sales of the limited-edition cards at the following stations: Shady Grove, Greenbelt, Largo Town Center, New Carrollton, Branch Avenue, Franconia-Springfield, Vienna and Pentagon City.
Metro riders can present their Zoo SmarTrip card at the Zoo’s three main gift shops for 10% off all purchases.
“We are delighted to promote taking bus and rail transit to this popular destination,” said Lynn Bowersox, Metro Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications and Marketing. “The National Zoo is convenient for Metro riders and we are excited to feature a few of its newest inhabitants as the Zoo celebrates 125 years.”