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Update: Elephants doing well at San Diego Zoo

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

Chai and Bamboo continue to do well at San Diego Zoo, a temporary stop on their way to meet their new family at Oklahoma City Zoo. The girls are together in San Diego Zoo’s elephant quarantine area, which includes indoor rooms and an outdoor yard. Quarantine is standard for any animal newly arriving to an accredited zoo. Woodland Park Zoo keepers are with Chai and Bamboo providing them daily care.

Video: Woodland Park Zoo elephants doing well at San Diego Zoo.Produced by San Diego Zoo.

In addition to the bulking quantities of hay, grain and produce the elephants consume each day, San Diego Zoo staff has been collecting browse plants for Chai and Bamboo, just as they were used to at Woodland Park Zoo. Yesterday’s flavor of the day—elm—was a big hit.

Bamboo especially has been enjoying the hunt for hidden peanut butter balls, and the two have been chowing down on frozen nectar and fruit-sicles as well. Chai has discovered the water sprinkler in the yard…

ZooCrew middle school students explore NW conservation

Posted by: Stacey Hammond, Education

This past winter, ZooCrew students learned about the conservation issues that face the Northwest and designed projects to address those issues. All of these projects highlighted how climate change is affecting animals. From bats to birds to wolverines and wolves, check out some of the projects from the Mercer, Denny, and Washington Middle School ZooCrew students below.

Bat Houses Students from all three schools made bat houses, which will be hung up on zoo grounds. Bats are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. Unfortunately, due to habitat loss, bat populations have decreased. By building bat houses, the students are helping create safe homes for bats.

Backyard Bird Counts Another project highlighted bird conservation. Students observed birds in their neighborhood and recorded their data on the citizen science website, eBird, which “has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. [...] eBird …

Hey, Washington state! Vote YES to save endangered animals

Posted by: Kerston Swartz, Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager

Today Woodland Park Zoo and our campaign partners announced Initiative 1401, a citizens’ initiative to strengthen laws banning sales of endangered species products in Washington state. In November, the people of Washington will be able to vote YES on I-1401, and significantly decrease our state’s contribution to the current unprecedented rate of tiger, elephant, rhino and lion poaching.

These wild animals don’t roam our state, but parts of them certainly make their way into the U.S. and to our region. Washingtonians will not spot a lion stalking its prey on the San Juan Islands or see a rhino charging the wheat fields of the Palouse, but we might have the opportunity to buy an ivory trinket in Tacoma or a tiger claw in Seattle. I-1401 will make the sale of these precious products illegal, considerably decreasing the demand in Washington state and helping to stop the senseless killing of animals fighting for their survival.

Meet the Malayan tigers: Liem, Eko & Olan

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, Communications
Last week we shared a sneak peek of the new Malayan tiger and sloth bear exhibit Banyan Wilds (opening May 2). Now let’s take a closer look at the three tigers who have been keeping our horticulture crew busy (see evidence below) as they taste test out their new digs. 

Liem, Eko and Olan arrived at Woodland Park Zoo in March and will make their debut when the new exhibit opens. The three brothers and their sister were born November 12, 2013 to Malayan tigers Liku and Suhana at Little Rock Zoo. Since their arrival the boys have been getting to know their keepers, exploring the new exhibit and testing out all of its features—especially the tiger stream. At one and a half years old, the young male tigers are curious, playful and especially interested in their keepers and still fascinated with each other.
One by one, here are a few deets on the new tiger boys:

NAME: Liem – a name of Vietnamese origin meaning “sincere, honest, or genuine.”  WEIGH…

Elephants Chai and Bamboo resting at San Diego Zoo

VIDEO: Elephants Chai and Bamboo resting at San Diego Zoo.
Footage courtesy of San Diego Zoo.
Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, spent the weekend at San Diego Zoo after their trip to Oklahoma City Zoo was rerouted due to a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to increase in severity. The pair continues to rest in comfort.

According to Dr. Nancy Hawkes, Woodland Park Zoo’s general curator, Bamboo, 48, and Chai, 36, are eating, sleeping and interacting with their keepers, all positive signs they are doing well. “Blood draws and other tests show no evidence of medical concerns. Both elephants are hydrated and they are moving about normally,” said Hawkes.

While at San Diego Zoo, the elephants are in an indoor facility in quarantine, which is standard procedure for any new animal at the zoo. The elephants have access to two large indoor rooms and an outdoor yard, all of which are off view to the public.

Woodland Park Zoo’s keepers are providing direct …

2015 ZooTunes summer concert lineup

See Concerts. Save Animals.Tickets go on sale April 24

Another season of BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru summer concerts is heating up with this year’s blazing lineup:

June 19 - The Doobie Brothers with special guest Pat Simmons Jr.
June 28 - The B-52s
July 12 - Indigo Girls
July 21 - Melissa Etheridge & Blondie
July 22 - Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
July 26 - “Sweet Harmony Soul” featuring Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin & Amy Helm
July 29 - Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
August 9 - Ziggy Marley
August 16 - Trampled By Turtles & The Devil Makes Three
August 19 - Kenny Loggins

New for 2015
Please add the appropriate amount of free child vouchers to your ticketing order (online or at gates) for each concert you will be attending. One child (12 and under) is free with each PAID general admission ticket.

Start your Ticketfly account now
Online tickets will be available through a new system this year, and we recommend that you set up your Ticketfly profile in …

Inclement weather reroutes Woodland Park Zoo elephants to San Diego Zoo

Two days ago, Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephants, Bamboo and Chai, departed on a custom-built elephant transport vehicle for their new home at Oklahoma City Zoo. The caravan had to change their route in Salt Lake City due to a storm in Colorado and Wyoming that was expected to increase in severity. Because the reroute would have extended the trip a day longer, a decision was made for veterinary precautions to go to San Diego Zoo and allow the elephants to rest.

A total of three elephant experts, two veterinarians and three staff with the transportation consultant are accompanying the truck transporting Bamboo and Chai. The team has been making stops every few hours for wellness checks on the elephants and to provide food and change water.

According to Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo, an extra day on the road would have been challenging for Bamboo and Chai. “For their well-being, we made the proactive decision to head to San Diego Zoo. They have expert eleph…

Show Your Stripes Tour: Art of Conservation

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

Conservation starts with conversation. To save tigers, we need to get people talking about tigers.

Here at Woodland Park Zoo, we’re transforming the heart of the zoo into the new Banyan Wilds exhibit opening May 2. And now we’re bringing tiger conservation into the heart of the community too.

The Show Your Stripes Tour launched today at the base of the Space Needle with the unveiling of 10 tiger statues designed by local artists.

With fewer than 3,200 tigers left in the wild, now is the time for action. The zoo challenged each artist to select a conservation issue these endangered big cats face and bring the story to life using any media or style.

The results will challenge you. Inspire you. And motivate you.

Are you ready to show your stripes for tigers?

Show Your Stripes There's an art and a science to tiger conservation.

The Science
Woodland Park Zoo and Panthera, a global wild cat conservation organization, support and collaborate with local, o…

Elephants are on the road to Oklahoma City Zoo

A new chapter began for female Asian elephants Bamboo and Chai when they stepped into elephant-sized travel crates, were loaded on the flatbed truck, and left Woodland Park Zoo for their new home at Oklahoma City Zoo. The truck pulled out at 6:15 p.m. PST today, April 15.

Bamboo, 48, and Chai, 36, were the last remaining elephants at Woodland Park Zoo. Their departure came after four months of planning to ensure they can join a family of Asian elephants and live in a socially enriching environment.

The 2,000-mile journey to Oklahoma City will take approximately 35 to 40 hours. A total of three elephant experts, two veterinarians and three staff with the transport consultant are accompanying the truck. The trip will be straight through except to stop every few hours to check on the animals’ well-being and to provide food and change water; the elephants will have continuous access to water during the trip, not just at stops. The truck has a 65-gallon water tank, which will be refilled …

Building Banyan Wilds

By Kirsten Pisto, Communications Photos by Kirsten Pisto, Woodland Park Zoo (unless noted)

At the heart of the zoo, we’re putting the finishing touches on our most ambitious exhibit project in nearly two decades. Banyan Wilds is our new home for three Malayan tigers, three sloth bears, an entire family of frolicking Asian small-clawed otters and a colorful aviary. We are eager to open this immersive exhibit to the public on May 2. As we watch the final details come together, we can’t help but share with you a sneak peek at some of the elements you’ll find in the tigers' and sloth bears' new home and a look back on what it took to get here!

Building this exhibit has been a labor of love and loads of hard work. This project began in early 2010, when the very first sketches of the plan were imagined. Like many projects of this scope, plans were envisioned, drafted, reworked, and sometimes reworked again and again and again. When it came to ensuring the safety and welfare of our…