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Love Your Mother

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, Communications

Love your mother! As Mother Day approaches, we're going to help you out with a few ways to show your love. Whether you are shopping for your mom, your grandma, your sister, your bestie or yourself—we've got some gift ideas fit for any queen.


ZOO MEMBERSHIP You know what all moms love? Time with you! Pick up a Woodland Park Zoo membership for your mom and she'll think of you each time she visits the zoo, plus with visitor passes, she'll be able to bring you along! It's the Mother's Day gift that lasts all year, supports conservation and connects mom with the animals she loves most (besides you of course). Purchase a membership today: https://www.zoo.org/membership


A DELICIOUS EVENING
This tawny frogmouth mama knows what’s best for her chicks' palates. WildBites will win your mom over too! Treat her to an evening of delicious bites and fabulous cocktails on September 6. Get your tickets today: https://www.zoo.org/wildbi…

Lessons from Kenya: Community-Based Conservation is Key

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications

Editor's note: Elizabeth works in the content and creative team here at Woodland Park Zoo, so you've probably read her work in MyZoo magazine, on this very blog and many places between. She is a self-described bird nerd, a passionate animal protector and she holds an M.A. in Biology from our Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) with Miami University. Elizabeth recently traveled to Kenya with several zoo colleagues to witness firsthand the conservation work she so loves. We are eager to share her experience:



When people ask why I work at Woodland Park Zoo, the answer is easy. It’s the mission. I’m passionate about conservation and I’m fortunate to work at a place where that view is widely valued, supported and shared. Recently, I was lucky enough to travel to Kenya with several zoo colleagues who share a passion for that mission—animal keepers, educators, docents, volunteers and donors. I expected it to be amazing, inspiring, beautiful, raw …

An inside look at gorilla groups in the making

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications Written by Stephanie Payne, gorilla keeper

Note from the Editor: It’s time for an update on Woodland Park Zoo’s gorilla family. Beginning on Tuesday, April 23, our eight western lowland gorillas will be off public view for a few weeks to accommodate some improvements to their exhibit areas. While you might not be able to see them from the public viewing areas, a lot has been going on behind the scenes. Animal keeper Stephanie Payne brings us up to speed on relationship dynamics within the group and what the future might hold for them.



Spring is in the air for the gorillas! Whether it’s seeing Vip lying in the sun, Akenji tearing apart the barberry in order to get to their blooms, or Uzumma enjoying the view from the highest perches of the climbing structures in her habitat, it is clear that we’re all enjoying the warmer temperatures and longer days.


Since new male Kwame’s arrival from Smithsonian’s National Zoo last September, he and females …

Keeper Spotlight with Amanda and Tree Kangaroos

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, Communications
with Amanda Dukart, Animal Keeper


We have a host of amazing staff, including animal keepers. Our Keeper Spotlight series aims to highlight their work and their passion for saving species as well as getting our readers an insider view of what it might be like to work at Woodland Park Zoo.
Hello! My name is Amanda and I work as an animal keeper at Woodland Park Zoo. I currently work with tree kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, emus, kea, kookaburra, masked lapwing, wonga pigeons, blue-faced honeyeaters. But in the past I’ve worked with everything from big cats to primates, grizzly bears to reptiles! Today I am going to show you around my day-to-day a bit and how I work with our tree kangaroos.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology and then started my animal keeping experience at Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota, but I have been an animal keeper at Woodland Park Zoo since 2017. There are so many things I love about my job! Probably one of…

Washington’s Greatest Wealth

Posted by Peter Zahler, Vice President of Conservation Initiatives

I am one of the roughly 10,000 people who moved to the Seattle area in 2018. Like most of those ten thousand-plus, I was drawn by the unique quality of life found here—the combination of a burgeoning economy bringing unparalleled opportunity, and the extraordinary bounty of nature found within easy reach of even city dwellers.
What I was astonished to discover is that the incredible spread of nature’s palette across Washington was much greater than I first realized. Just within western Washington it includes the huge sweep of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, rising to snow-capped peaks and covered in thick forests of giant conifers and a moss-wrapped elfin understory; and the expansive salt waters and coastal wetlands of Puget Sound and the fresh waters of Lake Washington and the many rivers that run from the mountain to the sound. I had heard of these pieces of Washington’s natural splendor—and like so many, f…