Several thousand visited the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s normally closed campus in Front Royal last weekend for its two-day Autumn Conservation Festival and glimpses of some of the endangered species maintained at the sprawling complex by the Smithsonian National Zoo’s research scientists (including cranes, clouded leopards and bison) and new educational facilities. Up on Race Track Hill, which dates to the site’s days as a military installation, kids and grownups alike couldn’t help adding their hands to the noble head of Cali — who already has 17 hands of her own. Nearby, graves mark the burial sites of famous horses and beloved dogs (including, shown here, “everybody’s friend,” Chico).
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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.