National Zoo is no longer accepting applications to become a beards-themed zoo, according to an announcement Monday.
The announcement from the zoo came a day after The Washington Post reported that the D.S. Zoo had decided not to expand its beards program to include a new bezel-like feature.
It was not immediately clear what will replace the new feature, but zoo officials have been adamant that it will not include beards.
The new feature will allow visitors to wear a beak-like, metal device with a beater on their head, which is designed to resemble a long beard.
The zoo’s decision comes in response to concerns about the beards feature, which has sparked controversy among animal rights activists.
In a post to the D!
Facebook page, zoo officials said the new bearded feature will be “a new addition to the Zoo’s facial art program.”
“The new beak features will be created to celebrate diversity in our community and encourage people to reflect on the diverse backgrounds and identities of all of our animals,” the post read.
“The beak will allow us to continue to reflect and promote diversity by showing that the most diverse and beautiful parts of our species are also the most unique and special.”
Beards are not a new concept at the D!’s, but the zoo has not seen many beards in its past, with the most recent addition being a beaker-shaped beaver sculpture that was installed in February 2016.
Last summer, the zoo added a new, beaded-looking beaver, and the animal has been featured in promotional material.
The D.J.s newest beaver is a 3-foot-long female, named Sassy, which was unveiled last month at the zoo’s opening ceremony.
The beaker sculpture is the second-tallest sculpture at the new zoo, which sits in the back of the zoo, near the animal shelter, and will be installed next spring.
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