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Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Sing it!

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications





Early in the morning, the tropical rain forest usually resonates with "singing" siamangs whose call is so loud it can be heard for up to 3 miles. 




How can they project so far? That hairless throat pouch blows up to act as a resonator that enhances the carrying of their call.


Photo by Dennis Conner/Woodland Park Zoo.

Warthogs go to the vet

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications



We’re just a little over a week away from officially debuting two species of wild pig at the zoo on May 5 and 6Visayan warty pigs and African warthogs.

When new animals arrive at the zoo, they go through a standard 30-day quarantine. Our newly arrived 1-year-old brother and sister warthogs—who came to us from Zoo Atlanta—are wrapping up their quarantine now and have just been introduced to their exhibit space so they can begin to acclimate to their new surroundings.
But a big step for them before they could enter their exhibit space in the African Savanna was to head off to the vets for a health check-up in order to be cleared from quarantine.

The warthogs recently completed their quarantine exams and got clean bills of health. The two were weighed, had x-rays taken and blood drawn, and were closely inspected to register the condition of their teeth, skin and other body parts.

Getting all of this baseline data when they arrive is critical s…

See concerts. Save animals.

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications


4/27 UPDATE: If you are having trouble getting www.zoo.org to load, you can buy your tickets directly at this link


BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru returns for its 29th season and another exciting line-up! The popular concerts are held outdoors on the vast, picturesque North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo. The new season kicks off June 27: 


June 27 - Leo Kottke / Jake Shimabukuro ($24) 
July 3 - k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang ($38) 
July 18 - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals ($22) 
July 19 - Ziggy Marley ($28) 
Aug 1 - Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes ($28)
Aug 5 - The Johnny Clegg Band / Ladysmith Black Mambazo ($28)
Aug 12 - An Evening With Melissa Etheridge ($39.50)
Aug 15 & 16 - An Evening With Pink Martini ($34)
Aug 22 - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band ($26) 
Aug 29 - Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux ($26)


BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru is a major source of revenue for the zoo’…

Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Not a goose

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications




While many visitors think this animal is a goose that has taken up residence in the flamingo exhibit, this is in fact the Coscoroba swan, native to South America and known to fly with flamingos during migration in the wild.

Photo by flickr user Sean Enright

Springtime penguin chicks and one lucky egg!

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications






Two little penguin chicks received their first weigh-in and visual health assessment yesterday behind the scenes at our award-winning Humboldt penguin exhibit. Keepers John and Celine carefully weighed and checked each penguin chick, the first two of this year’s penguin breeding season. These desert penguin chicks weighed in yesterday at 9 oz. and 11 oz.


The first chick hatched on April 3 to 4-year-old mother Sardinia and 9-year-old father Groucho. While the first egg was just hatching, a young visitor alerted the keeper that he could see a second egg on a cliff in the exhibit! The keeper, Celine, immediately followed the boy’s instructions and scooped up the egg. The egg was relocated under a pair of foster parents where it proceeded to hatch a couple of days later on April 5!
Celine wanted to personally thank the little hero (described as 7 or 8 years old with blonde, curly hair, wearing a white t-shirt, and who was extremely polite) for spotti…

Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Nature's exaggeration

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications



Although their name literally means "thousand-legged," most millipedes have no more than 300 legs.


Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment, and a mature millipede averages about 40-60 segments.

Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Heavy metal shredders

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications



This summer, two species of wild pig are arriving at the zoo—African warthogs and critically endangered Visayan warty pigs—so we’re gearing up for some majorly pig-worthy new exhibit spaces. The warthogs will move into the African Savanna biome in the former wild dogs exhibit, and the Visayan warty pigs will have a new home in the Elephant Forest exhibit near the elephant pool.


That means a lot of grinding, buffing and roughing is needed to get these new spaces in order. You might not know it, but many of our exhibits are designed and built with our own in-house expertise right here at the zoo. The process starts with animal management and projects staff teaming up to design a safe and naturalistic home for each new animal, and then our exhibits crew takes over.


Our exhibits crew is made up of a team of highly skilled welders, sculptors, painters, carpenters, designers, drafters, builders, and artists. Although many of them specialize in one sp…

Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Behind the burlap

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications




Those burlap bags you often see our orangutans with might seem out of place, but our orangutans use them as they might use leaves in the wild—as blankets, bedding, umbrellas, sun shields and even privacy curtains.

Photo by Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo.