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Winter Celebration!

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications

A certain red-capped, white-bearded, perpetually jolly fella made a special stop to ask the animals what is on their wish lists this year. Though the answers were only audible to those with a little magic in their ears, Santa seemed to understand.

We're not sure what Pie told Santa, but we're guessing it has something to do with mealworms. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Woodland Park Zoo.

Stop by this weekend and next to see if the jolly old elf got it right, at the zoo’s annual Winter Celebration! Animals will receive holiday-themed treats such as wreaths and evergreen trees adorned with assorted fruit, fancy fish hidden in the boughs of a pine tree or gift wrapped boxes filled with favorite treats!

A jaguar investigates a particularly suspicious Frosty. Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo. 

Keepers will offer enriching treats as part of the celebration, which highlights animal behavior such as foraging and seeking out hidden smells and tasty treats. The celebration kicks off this Saturday with lions, wolves, golden lion tamarins and a fan-favorite, Asian small-clawed otters.

A fancy fish found hidden in a pine bough is about the best present EVER. Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Everyone knows the top of the tree is the best part. Sloth bears have an advantage on reaching the best fruit bits. Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

A gray wolf knows just how to delicately unwrap her gift. Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Jingle, jingle!