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Quiz: Generate your green New Year's resolution

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

It's great to make personal goals for the New Year, and while you are at it, consider making a promise to wildlife too. Use our green New Year's resolution generator to find an action that fits you. Then commit to making 2017 a brighter year for wildlife and wild places.

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Change this country's wild future with a graduate degree

Have you been thinking of going back to school? Are you searching for a way to make a positive difference on the community and environment around you? Now accepting applications, Woodland Park Zoo’s Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) offers a groundbreaking graduate degree from Miami University focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change. Designed for a broad range of professionals, from education and conservation to business and government, AIP could be the next step in your career that you’ve been looking for.

Applications are accepted until February 28, 2017 for summer enrollment, and info sessions are coming up:



Since the program began in 2011, Woodland Park Zoo’s students and graduates have been enacting amazing environmental stewardship and social change in their communities. We’ve collected some of their stories about how the program has positively impacted their personal and professional lives both locally and globally.

Here, AIP graduate…

Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program: 20 Years of Awesome

Posted by: Alissa Wolken with Lisa Dabek PhD, TKCP Director and WPZ Senior Conservation Scientist Video and photos by Ryan Hawk

As we reflect on 2016, one of our proudest milestones is a conservation program at the heart of the zoo’s mission to protect wild things and wild places. The Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Since its debut in 1996, the Papua New Guinea-based Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) has transformed from a humble, Woodland Park Zoo supported field conservation project into one of the world's leading community-based conservation programs.
VIDEO: Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program celebrates 20 years.
In September, high in the cloud forests of Papua New Guinea, the partners of this program came together to celebrate their hard work, community partnerships and commitment to conservation with a beautiful celebration called a sing-sing. Neighbors from all over the Yopno-Uruwa-Som area came together at Weskopkop village …

One Zoo

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, communications

Thank you for your continued support and thoughts for the zoo during the event Thursday night and afterwards.
We’d like to update you with more details of the fire and the recovery efforts.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday, 12/15, a fire was reported in the Night Exhibit. Within minutes of making the call, the Seattle Fire Department responded. The zoo’s Emergency Response Team also responded. The fire was contained at 4:30 p.m. Visitors were safely evacuated and there were no staff or visitor injuries.

Our staff practices emergency drills throughout the year. In fact, we had held a venomous snake drill the day before the fire.  These protocols helped immensely during the incident Thursday night, as everyone knew where they should go and what role to play. Because of our training and practice throughout the year, every team member was organized which allowed for an immediate emergency response.
The Seattle Fire Department reported that two…

Thank you for being a force of nature

Posted by: Alejandro Grajal, President and CEO

As the year wraps up, I take stock of what I’ve discovered in my first seven months at Woodland Park Zoo. So many highlights stand out to me. But what stands out most is what an amazing force for nature YOU have been. Thanks to you, the zoo is closing out a very strong year.

Day after day you cheer our mission on. How well a community supports a nonprofit—in words and in actions—is a good measure of the organization’s value. I’m pleased to report that more people are coming to the zoo to take part in the wonders of species conservation. We’re on track to touch the hearts and minds of 1.32 million guests this year. What’s more, in an increasingly competitive experience economy, zoo membership and private support have remained strong, and special ticketed events have done particularly well this year.

You’ve helped to bring about positive impact beyond our 92 acres as well. Each December, zoo staff creates a look back (below). I hope it reco…

There could be amphibians in your neighborhood and they need your help

Posted by: Jenny Mears, Education


Yes, YOU can get involved in local amphibian conservation! Woodland Park Zoo has partnered with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) since 2012 to offer Amphibian Monitoring, a citizen science program in which western Washington residents learn how to survey for frogs, toads and salamanders in local ponds and wetlands. We welcome people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in the program—no science or citizen science experience is necessary!

The next Amphibian Monitoring training is Saturday, February 4. At the training you will learn how to find and identify local amphibians in a way that’s safe for people, amphibians and their habitats. Participants will form teams, choose a local wetland or pond, and monitor that site once a month using equipment provided by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, including hip waders, aquascopes and GPS units. Volunteers will upload their findings to iNaturalist, an online community where partici…

Animals explore a winter wonderland: first snowfall of the season delights

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, communications Photos by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Woodland Park Zoo

The animals awoke this morning to a blanket of snow and, like the rest of us, were eager to explore the winter wonderland around them. Our dedicated photographer ventured out early to capture the moment as wolves, lions, red pandas and cranes got their fill of the white stuff.
While some animals prefer to stay cozy in their indoor spaces (ahem, desert donkeys Sam and Rico, who wouldn’t step foot out of their warm barn), others were totally in their element. 
Our pack of gray wolves were certainly right at home and welcomed the chilly weather. The girls are more active in the brisk winter mornings and we watched in awe as they playfully frolicked through their yard.



Oh, sister wolves, you gorgeous gals are true Northwest royalty in this winter wonderland. 
Nearby, Albert the mountain goat looked absolutely majestic atop his snowy perch. 


The entire Northern Trail was bustling, although grizzly …