The National Zoo and all Smithsonian museums are preparing for a budget cut of at least 5% if sequestration takes hold. "If the sequester remains permanent, we're going to have to reduce our mission. We'll have to reduce our research, we'll have to reduce the number of animals we put on exhibit," said Zoo Director Dennis Kelly. Among the zoo's important research contributions are identification of a fungus that threatens up to one-third of the world's frogs and a deadly virus attacking baby elephants.

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