Despite the fact that I’m still munching on leftover Halloween candy, I know the holiday season has arrived now that our Enrichment Giving Trees for the animals are going up and our zookeepers’ annual holiday gift auction is coming this Fri., Nov. 18.
If you are looking for an extraordinary gift that you can’t buy online or from a mall, check out Woodland Park Zoo’s Holiday Silent Auction this Friday to bid on a host of cool gifts including behind-the-scenes animal tours. You’ll get to pick from unforgettable experiences like going behind the scenes to watch an elephant bath, taking a photo with a raptor, or meeting an orangutan up close.
The silent auction is put on by the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (PS-AAZK) and will take place inside the zoo’s Education Center (near the South Entrance) on Fri., Nov. 18. Guaranteed bidding will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., and the silent auction continues from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Proceeds help support animal and habitat conservation projects around the world, the advancement of the zoo keeping profession and education outreach.
Holiday Enrichment Giving Trees
Want to treat your favorite zoo animals with their favorite treats and toys? Zookeepers with PS-AAZK have also put together a wish list of items for our zoo animals to enrich their lives and encourage their natural behaviors—everything from rope toys for raptors, to puzzle feeders for monkeys, to boomer balls for big cats (like lion Adia in the photo above). Each item on the wish list is represented by an ornament that will be displayed on one of our two Holiday Enrichment Giving Trees, found in Zoomazium and the zoo’s Education Center starting Fri., Nov. 18. Visitors can browse the wish list here or come to the zoo and choose an ornament off the tree. Place your present for the animals under one of the trees before the end of the year and the animals will get to enjoy them this winter and beyond.
Thanks to you all for your continued support and generosity!
Photos (from top): Grizzly by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo, Orangutan by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo, Lion by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.