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A Community Zoo

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, communications
Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo

We believe that every kid (and kid at heart) should have access to their local zoo.

We are proud to report that in 2016, Woodland Park Zoo’s Community Access Program (CAP) partnered with over 600 local human service organizations who offered their clients more than 80,000 complimentary passes to Woodland Park Zoo.  
The CAP mission is to reach out to those in our community who would not otherwise be able to experience a zoo visit. Our partnerships with 600+ human service organizations across Puget Sound make this mission possible. We want to thank our partners for their participation in this program and we'd like to thank you for making programs like CAP possible. With each zoo visit and membership, you support a zoo that supports its community.

Last year, we were pleased to have welcomed 54,286 CAP visitors to roar with Xerxes, walk with Pluma and dive with Valkyrie. With an estimated 50% redemption rate, …

Cupid visits the savanna: Giraffes Dave and Tufani are expecting!

Posted by: Kirsten Pisto, Communications


Tufani: Enjoys sweet grain snacks, has mastered the art of drooling and sports beautiful dark brown spots. Looking for love and another biscuit.

Dave: Willing to stick his neck out for love.

Cupid: Spotted the pair on the savanna.

When it comes to cupid’s arrow hitting the mark, it appears that in at least one instance, the arrow stuck. Giraffes Dave and Tufani are expecting!


This Valentine's-worthy news comes as keepers prepare for a long, long wait. Giraffe have one of the longest gestation periods for mammals: 14.5 to 15 months. While it is impossible to be 100% sure that Tufani is pregnant (without putting in a tall order for an ultrasound), keepers tell us that all the right signs are pointing to a new addition to the savanna sometime this summer.

That is your cue to get excited.


When Tufani gives birth this summer, it will be the first for both parents.

Dave and Tufani have been herd mates for a little over three years. Handsome Dave …

Action Alert: You can help bring grizzlies back to Washington state

Posted by: Kerston Swartz, Advocacy Manager



Woodland Park Zoo supports grizzly bear restoration in Washington state. You should too. And you don’t even need to put down whatever device you are on right now to make your stance known.


Submit a public comment now and tell the government why you want grizzly bears recovered into the North Cascades. 

Let us make the case. It starts right here with two of Washington’s most well-known grizzlies. It’s no surprise Woodland Park Zoo’s grizzly bear brothers, Keema and Denali, are among the most popular animals at the zoo. With their fuzzy ears, lumbering stroll and impressive swimming (OK, more like floating and bobbing) skills, they’re hard not to love. 
Despite their lovability, history has not been kind to grizzly bears in Washington state. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, new settlers to Washington killed thousands of grizzly bears, significantly reducing or eliminating populations. Today, fewer than 10 grizzlies exist in Washington’s Nor…

Grizzly bear makes snow angels on Seattle snow day

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor
Photos and video by: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo


Whether you spent some time today stuck at home, stuck in traffic, or stuck at work or school, you could probably use a little grizzly bear snow angel magic to make you smile.


WATCH: Grizzly Bear Snow Angels on Seattle Snow Day

The smiles don't stop there. Now prepare yourself for young arctic fox Hudson who knew just what to do on his first major Seattle snow day...make snowballs!


WATCH: Hudson meets snow!

This whole place transformed into a winter wonderland today. For some animals, the snow brings out their instincts, and for others, it's a curious novelty. While the animals have plenty of heated and covered spaces to cozy up in, many chose to go out and play today. Hope you did too!















Our thanks to the zookeepers and all the zoo staff who came in today to make sure the animals—and our guests—were well taken care of. Hope you all have a happy snow day, wherever you are!



Adorable otter pups visit vet for first check-up

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

It’s a boy, and a boy, and a boy, and a girl! Four Asian small-clawed otters born in December had their first health check-up with zoo veterinarians today. All signs point to these little ones being healthy and well cared for by their doting mom, dad and older sisters.


The wellness exam was our first opportunity to get weights, administer vaccinations and assess their overall health up close. At 2 months old, these pups are starting to be more mobile and have fully opened their eyes, so the time was right to take a closer look.

We’re pleased to report all four pups are robust and healthy. They currently weigh between 1.3 to 1.5 pounds, have fully round bellies and strong appetites.


The pups were born December 9 to 7-year-old mother Teratai and 11-year-old father Guntur, their third litter. While the older sisters are actively participating in raising the new pups, the oldest brothers from the earlier litters are getting ready to head out to new homes…