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Monday, August 30, 2010

Grow your own produce with Zoo Doo

Posted by: Christy Cheever, Development

This summer at the zoo we are teaching guests about the environmental benefits of eating locally, and in an earlier blog post we talked about how we also try to feed our animals locally produced food as well.

But where the food comes from is just one part of this sustainable story--we're also very involved in where it goes. As animals process their food, their bodies take in the vitamins and nourishment they need to live and thrive. The rest ends up as waste. And at the zoo, that’s the makings of some prized material…Zoo Doo.

Zoo Doo is finished, dark and rich compost with some woody material remaining. Woodland Park Zoo creates nearly 1 million pounds of compost each year saving $60,000 per year in disposal costs.

The zoo’s non-primate, herbivore animals’ manure is used for this process. This includes the elephants, hippos, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, and oryx among others. The Zoo Doo process begins when fresh manure and straw bedding are collected from animal enclosures. Next, leaves, wood chips and other organic materials from the zoo grounds are combined with the manure and straw mixture. When this material is watered and piled into long rows, it quickly heats up, reaching 150+ degrees! The high temperatures destroy pathogens and weed seeds. The piles are turned and watered until the mixture becomes dark and crumbly, bearing little resemblance to the original components.

After three months, the compost is cool and ready for use in home gardens. Adding this rich, dark Zoo Doo to your soil will enhance water and nutrient retention, and will improve soil texture. It is a completely organic soil amendment that will help your garden grow your own locally produced food just like our animals eat.

To get your hands on some Zoo Doo, you’ll want to enter the lottery during our Fall Fecal Fest. Send in your postcard from Sept. 1 through Sept. 19 addressed to Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information:

- Name
- Day and evening phone numbers
- Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
- Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
- Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. For more information on the lottery, pick up dates and Zoo Doo costs, see our Zoo Doo website.

You can also get your hands on small buckets of Zoo Doo at either of our ZooStore locations and get started on growing your own produce right away.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Local produce from farm to table

Posted by: Susan Parke, Education

This summer Woodland Park Zoo is promoting four different actions that we can all take to slow climate change through our food choices. One of these actions is to eat locally grown, seasonal produce, which has a lower overall carbon footprint than eating higher up on the food chain or sourcing food from far away. To do my part, I decided to join a CSA this summer—a Community Sponsored Agriculture program, just about the easiest way to get local produce from the farm straight to your dinner table.

Every week I get an email reminder from the CSA to select eight items of locally grown produce that will be included in my box. So far, as I expected, there have been mostly greens, both salad and braising, but there have also been vegetables and grains as well. My first week I selected baby fennel, spring onions, turnips, yellow potatoes, a couple of different kinds of salad greens (including arugula – yum!), braising greens and eggs. Eggs fresh from the farm bear little resemblance to eggs from the supermarket. Their yolks are a deep orange-yellow, and they taste so good! With a touch of salt and pepper, you are in for a treat.

My favorite food box item right now is the bunch of braising greens. They are thicker and deeper green than salad leaves and includes a mix of kale, beet, mustard and other greens more suitable for cooking. I usually sauté some onion in olive oil, add some garlic, salt and pepper, and then some other vegetables such as zucchini, green beans or garbanzo beans, and some tofu. Once all of that is nicely cooked, I add vegetable broth, and as soon as it’s hot, I add the greens. (Be sure to use a large pan – the greens pile up quite high until they start to cook!) I’ve had these greens on noodles, or just by themselves in a small bowl. It’s delicious, and really healthy. I’ve ordered two bunches of braising greens for this week’s food box!

Every Thursday I meet up with my fellow zoo staff members who have also joined the CSA as we pick up our boxes of farm fresh foods. It’s fun to see what other people have selected, and hear about how they plan to prepare it. Last week one person got wheat berries, and another got beets. (She was planning to bake them in the oven whole, slip off the skins when they were cooked, and add just a little butter for a super sweet treat.) I’m getting fava beans this week. I’m not sure how I’m going to fix them, but that is part of the fun of getting a box of vegetables every week. Good for the earth, good for my family, and tasty, too!

Sounds too good to pass up? Check the Puget Sound Fresh website to get a list of the Community Supported Agriculture farms in your area.

Photos courtesy of thebittenword.com at flickr.com.

Wild Cooper’s hawks nesting at the zoo

Posted by: Gretchen Albrecht, Zookeeper

Woodland Park Zoo’s lush habitat often attracts local wildlife. For the first time, we’ve confirmed that wild Cooper’s hawks are nesting here on zoo grounds. Their nest has been spotted in the chestnut tree in the wallaroo exhibit in our Australasia biome. The pair has successfully fledged three young birds which are still heard around the zoo food begging from time to time. They are learning to hunt on their own at this point, but they still get an occasional meal from their parents.

Both adults are second year birds meaning they both hatched in 2009. We can tell this by their plumage since they are currently molting from their immature plumage (which they keep for one year) into their adult plumage. Often the nests of younger, less experienced birds are not successful or they raise fewer young, so it has been fun to see this young couple do so well with their fledglings.

To get a better understanding of the population of Cooper’s hawks in the area and their patterns, a local raptor biologist has been banding as many birds as he can so they can be identified and visually tracked. In fact, the adult male from this nest was banded as a fledgling from a nest in a Queen Anne park. And the adult female as well as two of the fledglings have now also been banded. If you ever spot a Cooper’s hawk with a band, please let the zoo know so we can help record the data for this study. Just email webkeeper@zoo.org to let us know where you saw the bird, if the color band is on the right or left leg, and if you were able to see details of the band (will need binoculars for that!) including the ID number. Below is an example of how the bands look.

Will this pair remain at the zoo? If they survive the winter they may stay together and will probably nest in the same general area again next year. Cooper's hawks sometimes will use the same nest again but more often they will build a new nest for the next year. They sometimes start work on a few nests in the spring before choosing the final nest.

You can learn more about raptors and see them in flight at one of our Raptor Flight Programs.

Hawk photos by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo. Band photo by Jack Bettesworth.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hatchling snakes return to wild in Louisiana

The Louisiana Pine Snake Species Survival Plan is one of more than 30 field conservation projects in 50 countries around the world supported by Woodland Park Zoo. Here is an update from the field by one of the conservationists working to return Louisiana pine snakes to the wild…

Posted by: Steve Reichling PhD, Memphis Zoo Curator and Woodland Park Zoo conservation partner

Repatriating the Louisiana pine snake to the eastern portion of its historic range, 50 years after its extirpation, progressed further this August with the release of three more hatchlings. These are especially important snakes because they are carrying externally attached radio transmitters which will allow us to keep tabs on them, at least for a short while, and thereby learn a little about how they are adapting to their environment.

Early in the morning, I met staff biologists and rangers who work in the Catahoula District of Kisatchie National Forest, which is where our reintroduction is taking place. The potential significance of the day’s simple task, turning three little snakes loose in a remote tract of piney woods, was not lost on any of us, and the Forest Service had sent photographers to document the moment. Some of the rangers who had been working in the area for a long time recollected back to their predecessors, all the way back to the CCC workers of the Great Depression years, who began the restoration process of these woods with the planting of longleaf pine trees to mend the complete razing of the original forests the decade prior, during a time when forests were seen simply as stores of natural wealth to be harvested. We thought these men, most of whom are surely deceased and whose names were never noted, would love to see how their labors had been the foundation that had made today’s event possible.

We departed the Ranger Station and headed out to the release site, trying to beat the ever higher and hotter sun that would soon heat these piney woods to near 100 degrees. The actual release seemed an anticlimax – we simply guided each hatchling down a hole created by an uprooted pine tree that had been toppled by a storm. That was it. But many more snakes will be following these over the next few years, and walking back to the truck, I couldn’t help but think that maybe one day 10, 20, or 30 years from now, biologists would be trapping adult pine snakes that, through DNA fingerprinting, would prove to be the offspring of these first pioneers.

Over the next few weeks, rangers will be tracking these snakes, and each time one is relocated, the data we gather will tell us a little more about how these zoo-bred snakes are adjusting to their new home.

Photos provided by Steve Reichling.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Woodland Park Rose Garden: A natural gem

Posted by: Kiley Jacques, Senior Rose Gardener

Whether you are a native Seattleite or a visitor to the area, if you haven’t made your way to the intersection of Fremont Ave and N. 50th St, you ought to add it to your list of things to do. It is there you will find the South Entrance to Woodland Park Zoo and one of Seattle’s oldest treasures.

Established in 1924, the city’s 2.5 acre Rose Garden was developed with the intention of serving as a “civic garden.” It was to be a place for urban dwellers to enjoy a serene respite as well as learn about roses that perform well in our Pacific Northwest climate. The garden has always had an educational aspect to it and, to this day, that mission remains strong.

At a time when issues of global environmental sustainability are at the fore, it is exciting to see efforts being made in our shared backyard. Here, in our beloved garden, we have implemented a new and holistic approach to natural landscape management. The idea is to look at the garden as an interrelated set of conditions all of which should work together to produce the healthiest possible environment for growing roses.

To this end, we began with our soil. The first step, no matter one’s ultimate gardening goals, is to test the existing soil to determine just what growing medium has been established. Different plants have different needs so it is essential to find out what you have in order to know what you need to do (or not do) to create the right conditions for optimal plant health. We have consulted soil experts and continue to test our soil every 3 months. It is important to keep track of changes in the soil’s chemistry and biology to determine if things are moving in the right direction. The key to healthy soil is the right balance and availability of nutrients (for the intended “crop”), proper pH levels, the existence and activity status of beneficial microorganisms, and good moisture content. These are difficult things to measure without professional guidance so I recommend our visitors contact http://www.soilfoodweb.com/ for their individual testing needs.

We have also considered the specific needs of roses. In addition to healthy soil, they prefer deep watering and good drainage, warm/dry temperatures (not always the case in the PNW!), regular fertilization, proper pruning for maximum air circulation, winter protection, and seasonal upkeep. We have thus, among other things, switched to an underground watering system; we choose varieties that do well in our temperate climate (and continue to replace those that prove otherwise); we apply pulverized fish fertilizer in small doses each week (much as we take supplemental daily vitamins rather than large singular doses of found deficiencies); we prune very hard at the end of February to remove all diseased foliage from the garden and encourage lots of new growth each Spring; we mulch all crowns each fall to prevent freezing; and, of course, we deadhead, deadhead, deadhead in order to provide our visitors with the longest show possible.

I am often asked how we control insect pests. It is an easy question to answer: we don’t have any pests. When a landscape’s natural life forms and cycles are left alone, a balance of prey/predator is usually the result. That is the case in our garden. Black spot, on the other hand, well…it’s our arch nemesis! So, what do we do? We concentrate on plant health care and control what we can. When disease sets in, we get rid of the worst of its victims and tolerate a certain level of imperfection. Rust, Powdery Mildew, and Rose Mosaic Virus make brief appearances during the growing season, but they are usually restricted to a few isolated varieties (which we may ultimately eliminate if they begin to succumb entirely or their aesthetic value is too seriously compromised). Remember: a picture perfect rose is most likely doused in pesticides. Which would you rather, a bit of Black Spot or a toxic environment?

This may all seem very labor intensive but, truth be told, roses are pretty hardy and they do most of the work on their own. With our overall view of the garden as a whole system, we take it one step at a time, one season at a time. We have every reason to believe our new approach is working. For proof, come to the garden and see for yourself!

Photos by Agnes Overbaugh and Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lions, tigers, jaguars...and chicken

Posted by: Martin Ramirez, Curator

Lions, tigers and jaguars eating less red meat at the zoo? Who would have thought?! But if you think about it, carnivores in the wild will catch and eat the occasional fish or fowl to supplement their diet, so why not in a zoo?

All of the zoo's carnivores receive a commercially prepared diet that meets their nutritional needs. These diets consist of red meat and are fed most of the week. However, there are some benefits to eating whole chickens or turkeys once a week. The bones in uncooked fowl help keep their teeth clean and the animals welcome the variety. Chickens can be offered to the animals in interesting ways. They can be hidden in the exhibit or hung from a spot where the animal has to reach for it. By reducing the red meat our carnivores eat we're not only improving their overall health, we’re also helping the environment.

Researchers have determined that 2.5 times more oil is used in the production of red meat than with chicken. For example, by not eating red meat just one day a week, a person would conserve the equivalent amount of oil needed to drive 1,155 miles.

Woodland Park Zoo is always looking for ways to reduce its carbon footprint and every department at the zoo is doing their part. For more on how we are greening our operations, see our Green Zoo website.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Get your zoo photo on our calendar cover

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

Woodland Park Zoo is a photographer’s paradise so take your best shot and enter it for a chance to win the cover of Woodland Park Zoo’s 2011 calendar, hitting member households this November.

Photographers—amateur and professional alike—are invited to submit their best animal photograph taken at Woodland Park Zoo. To enter, upload your photo to http://www.zoo.org/calendar-contest from August 16-30. Zoo judges will select their top 10 choices and open up the final voting to the public.

Voting takes place online from Sept. 7-10, when the finalist photos will be posted to the zoo’s Facebook page. There you can cast votes by clicking a photo’s “Like” button. The photo with the most “Likes” as voted on by zoo fans will win the cover shot and a prize package including a one-year zoo membership for two adults and two children, plus a $50 zoo gift card.

What makes for a winning photo? We’re looking for photographs that showcase the beauty and drama of the animals at the zoo. Think about the composition of your photograph, the clarity of its subject, and the story it tells. For inspiration, take a look at the photos on our blog or the numerous photo albums on our Facebook page.

For full rules and entry instructions, see www.zoo.org/calendar-contest. Good luck!

Photo: 2010 calendar cover by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.

Come to our first Zoo Fan Meetup

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

We’re hosting our first ever Zoo Fan Meetup on Sun., August 22 during Seattle Geek Week and we’d love to meet our blog readers in person!

Come on out and meet zoo staff and other zoo fans, and spend your day getting some sweet discounts, giveaways and exclusive activities as our thanks to you for being our biggest fans. Meetup is free with zoo admission or membership.
Here's what's happening that day:

- Download your coupon to get $2 off admission that day
- Stop by our booth in the West Plaza near penguins any time from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and enjoy:
o First 20 people to stop by our booth and say the magic phrase get a special surprise gift. Stay tuned to our Facebook updates for the magic phrase!
o Yummy, gourmet cookies (while they last!)
o Zoo Grab Bag! Reach into our grab bag and be rewarded with either:
- Free carousel ride
- Free seed stick at Willawong Station
- Free giraffe feeding experience, or
- 10% off at ZooStore
o Get free stuff! Pick up your meerkat poster, zoo stickers, temporary tattoos, magnets and more.
o Enter a raffle to win a $50 zoo gift card, VIP ZooTunes tickets, or a ZooParent adoption!
- Spend your day exploring the zoo and take advantage of some special activities:
o Get up close with an exclusive Animal Encounter at 11:30 a.m.
o Giraffe Feeding ($5 per person)
o Raptor Flight Program
o Keeper Chats
- Share your updates with other zoo fans. Use the #wpzmeetup hashtag when you tweet, or post your photos and updates to our Facebook page.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Two more penguin chicks hatched

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

With five chicks hatched in April, we were thrilled with the breeding success of our endangered Humboldt penguin colony in just the first year of their new exhibit. Well, now there’s even more to cheer. Two more penguins just hatched at the start of August!

The keepers regularly weigh the chicks to ensure they are achieving acceptable weight gains. At the weigh-in today, the 12-day-old chick came in at just over 1 lb and the 9-day-old chick at 0.6 lb. They looked healthy and it seems their parents, 18-year-old mother Cujo and 20-year-old father Oedipus, are properly caring for them in their off-exhibit nesting burrow.

The parents are among the oldest penguins in the zoo’s colony and also the most genetically valued breeding pair at the zoo. As part of our work in the Species Survival Plan for the endangered Humboldt penguins, ensuring such genetic diversity is critical to the stability of the population.

The two chicks will stay under the care of their parents for a while longer, and then will start their swim practice and food training with their keepers behind the scenes. The keepers will train the birds to approach staff for hand feeding and to allow close-up visual inspections.

This is the first nesting and breeding season for our colony of Humboldt penguins since the exhibit opened last May. The five older chicks—including Pisco, the chick named by our Facebook fans—joined the adult penguins on exhibit in early July. You can tell them apart by their lighter, more grayish feathers. It will be several weeks before the two youngest chicks are ready to join the colony in the exhibit.

Top photos by Rachel Gray/Woodland Park Zoo. Bottom photo and video produced by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cologne passes sniff test for snow leopards

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

The endangered snow leopard is elusive and hard to study in the wild. So researchers with the Snow Leopard Trust, a Woodland Park Zoo conservation partner, are testing with us a new method of luring these felines to research sites—Calvin Klein Obsession for Men.

Today, we tested the appeal of the cologne on our 1-year-old cubs Gobi and Batu, and their mom Helen. We installed a camera in the snow leopard exhibit and sprayed the cologne around the area of the camera in hopes of capturing stop-action images and measuring the reaction of the cats to the lavender, spice and woody elements of the cologne.

The results? Well, we wouldn’t quite call it an obsession, but the cats are definitely interested in Obsession. The cologne proved to be a strong attractant…eventually. It just took the cats several minutes before they caught the scent and became interested in it, rubbing up to the areas where the scent was splashed.

The novelty of the camera in their exhibit also proved quite stimulating, and the cats spent a good amount of time biting and clawing at the camera. Here's a series of photos taken by the camera in the exhibit, triggered by the movement of the snow leopards.

Based on our pilot test, it seems like the cologne could very well be successful as an attractant in the wild. This summer, Snow Leopard Trust will apply the cologne technique to try to attract more snow leopards to research sites in South Gobi. At these sites, cameras like the one in our pilot study will capture images to help us identify and track the wild population of snow leopards. Researchers will also attempt to attract the snow leopards for collaring with GPS trackers in order to learn how they use their habitat, which will help us better understand their needs and how we can protect them.

Where did the idea to use this cologne come from? Snow leopards have a strong sense of smell and are stimulated by scent enrichment, something our keepers do with them regularly. But the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is credited with discovering the particular potency of Obsession for Men when it applied a variety of perfumes and colognes to trees and rocks in the zoo’s tiger, snow leopard and cheetah exhibits.

For many of our conservation partners, Woodland Park Zoo is a great testing grounds for field research methods such as GPS tracking, animal cams, and DNA studies. The cologne technique tested today is one of several pilot tests that the zoo’s snow leopards have engaged in to help improve research techniques and conservation efforts for their counterparts in the wild.

The endangered and very elusive snow leopard will be in the spotlight at Woodland Park Zoo’s fourth annual Snow Leopard Day this Sat., August 14. Hosted by the zoo and the Snow Leopard Trust, this full day of activities highlights the fascinating adaptations of the snow leopard and critical conservation efforts to protect them in the wild. Come join us!

Photos by Rachel Gray and Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Eat locally…at the zoo

Posted by: Jim Bennett, Marketing

His ultimate vision is to construct a semi-closed system aquaponic operation behind the zoo’s Rain Forest Food Pavilion, raising trout and cycling the waste to grow herbs and salad greens. The herbs would be used in Lancer Catering’s food service operations; the trout as treats for the zoo’s penguins. And no packaging or shipping would be needed to get the food to market.

Far fetched? I talked to executive chef Brandon Bretz and general manager Maureen Gulley of Lancer Catering, Woodland Park Zoo’s food concession partner, about how they help the zoo source food locally to minimize their carbon footprint. While aquaponics is an amazing vision worth exploring for the future, what Lancer does right now is remarkable in its own right.

Fish served at the zoo’s Pacific Blue Chowder House is sourced locally from Ballard Seafood using updated guidelines from Seafood Watch. Produce is also brought in from local growers via Charlie’s Produce. Bretz doesn’t just check with Charlie’s. He talks directly to the individual growers about their organic practices to make sure your mixed greens are truly “green.” Asparagus and mushrooms are also picked in-state, as is pretty much all produce Lancer offers except citrus.

Milk and dairy products are sourced locally and bread is freshly baked nearby. Hotdogs are 100% beef. Hamburger comes from grass-fed, free-roaming cattle raised at small ranches that avoid using hormones. It all costs more, but Lancer has worked hard to maintain market pricing to make healthy meals affordable to families visiting the zoo.

When purchasing local isn’t practical—coffee is a prime example—Lancer goes the extra mile to make sure it’s farm direct, shade grown, all organic and sustainable. Caffé Vita coffee served at zoo espresso stands, including the new Zoo Java at the Rain Forest Food Pavilion, isn’t destroying the restaurant’s ecosystem namesake.

And at the end of the day, even the zoo’s waste isn’t wasted. For example, the zoo’s Pacific Blue Chowder House waste is 100% compostable by offering innovative food service products like “Tater Ware.” And those coffee grounds from Caffé Vita? They’re mixed with other wastes to make Zoo Doo. It’s definitely worth raising your cuppa joe for a morning toast to sustainability.

Photos: Penguin by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Blue Chowder House by Robyn Luk/Woodland Park Zoo, Zoo Java and composting by Rachel Gray/Woodland Park Zoo.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shop like an animal

Posted by: Andrea Barber, Education

If you plan on coming to the zoo this summer, you may see me pushing a cart filled with a colorful array of plastic fruits and vegetables.

The cart is taken on a journey nearly every day this summer to different locations around the zoo. This special cart is our Animal Farmer’s Market, the scene for the summer education program, “Shop like an Animal.”

Grab a basket and one of our summer program presenters will show you how to shop. There are 5 different animals from the zoo that you can shop for: a tiger, gorilla, meerkat, brown bear or giraffe. Each animal has different dietary needs in order to be healthy, and a shopping list shows you the quantity and types of food these animals really eat in one day. Depending on the animal you pick, you are assigned a budget with a certain amount of “Carbon Bucks” with which to shop.

There are a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and treats in our Animal Farmer’s Market. Each food is assigned a Carbon Buck amount based on the estimated carbon footprint it takes to grow or raise that type of food. The goal of the game is to shop for everything your animal needs for the day while spending as few Carbon Bucks as possible so you can walk away with change!

Some shoppers notice that buying local instead of food from far away saves Carbon Bucks. Others shopping with meat on their list see that chicken is much cheaper than beef. These are just two of the many ways you can learn about how our food choices impact environments worldwide. Approximately 1/3 of all greenhouse gas emissions come from the food system, and the methane produced by livestock alone accounts for 18% or all greenhouse gases!

We don’t want to discourage people from enjoying a hamburger or steak, but eating locally or lower on the food chain regularly can help animals and people alike. If all Americans went meat or dairy-free just one day a week, it would be equal to taking 20 million midsize cars off the road each year!

So come “Shop like an Animal” with me and our other program presenters. It’s already a very popular and fun game; many are shopping for several animals, saving our keepers some valuable time! I’ve had some adults timidly ask if they can shop too, and please do! The fun is meant for all ages. Hope to see you this summer!

Photos by Rachel Gray/Woodland Park Zoo.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Red panda gets a physical

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

Yesterday our 3-year-old, female red panda underwent a full physical examination by our animal health team as part of our preventive care program for all animals at the zoo.

The routine check-up included a weigh-in, blood work and radiographs. The healthy red panda came in at 27 pounds.

As part of our efforts in the Red Panda Species Survival Plan, this female will be paired with our 6-year-old male in an off-view area for their upcoming breeding season in the winter. Since these two have never had any offspring before, their genes are particularly valuable to maintaining genetic diversity in the red panda population.

In the wild, fewer than 10,000 red pandas remain in their native habitat of bamboo forests in China, the Himalayas and Myanmar. Their numbers are declining due to deforestation, increased agriculture and cattle grazing, and continuing pressure from growing local populations. We can all do our part to help reduce our impact on wild habitats by reconsidering the global effect of the food we eat and the products we buy. For tips on what you can do at the zoo or at home to help, see our Share the Habitat page.

You can find the red panda exhibit in the Temperate Forest biome of the zoo, located adjacent to the flamingos. Having trouble spotting the red panda? Look up! Chances are good you’ll find these animals curled up in the treetops.

Exam photos by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo. Bottom photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.