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The Buzz 101: All Your Bee Questions, Answered!

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, Communications
with Erin Sullivan, Entomologist

To celebrate Pollinator Week 2019 (June 17-23), we asked you to send us the questions you've always wanted to know about bees. Below are just some of the bee questions we have received from across our social media platforms. Our in-househive bee expert, Erin Sullivan, entomologist and collection manager, gives us the answers we've been searching for—when it comes to our buzziest pollinators.

Q: What is the best type of hive box design for honeybees and bumblebees?

Erin: When it comes to creating a good habitat for bees in your backyard, the most important thing to begin with is looking at what's already in your garden. That means paying attention to the types of bees that frequent your yard. The bee hive or box is just the beginning. Creating a suitable habitat for bees means looking at basics, such as food, shelter and water. Does your garden have flowers blooming throughout the summer or just in the e…

Parks for wildlife? Yes, please!

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications
There are hundreds of animal species that call Woodland Park Zoo home—animals that are native to many different remote habitats around the world. This includes species ranging from orangutans of the Asian tropical forest and penguins from the Pacific coast of South America to hippopotamuses and ostriches of the African savanna. But there is another community of animals that rely on the green spaces found right here at home—on our grounds and in other neighboring Seattle area parks. You may have seen them here or in nearby habitats. Or maybe you haven’t noticed them at all... but they are here if you look. We share much of our green space with local and native wildlife.
Set on 92 acres, Woodland Park Zoo offers a lush canopy that is made up of more than 90,000 plants, trees, flowers, shrubs and other greenery representing more than 1,300 species. Since the 1950s, we have increased the zoo’s tree cover by four-fold. It has become an essential …

Junior Rangers of YUS: Conservation Heroes

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, Communications
Young people are the future of our communities and the future stewards of our planet. There is no better example of this than the Junior Rangers of Papua New Guinea. An integral part of the success of Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, these youth are the real conservation heroes who are learning about and working towards a sustainable and balanced ecosystem in their own communities.


The Yopno-Uruwa-Som (YUS) “Junior Ranger Program” is based around activities designed specifically for children who live throughout the YUS Conservation Area, a protected area on the Huon Peninsula in Papua New Guinea which Woodland Park Zoo helped to create. To ensure they become empowered community members, and lead through future conservation stewardship and sustainable community development, the Junior Ranger program links indigenous knowledge with citizen science through hands-on approaches and engagement in ecology. This deeper understand…

Meet the Magnificent Marai

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications
You may have noticed a new furry face—plus some new spots, paws and a long tail—at the snow leopard exhibit over the past few months. Say hello to Marai. This 2-year-old female was born at Los Angeles Zoo in 2017 and arrived here at Woodland Park Zoo earlier this year. 
While she’s not quite mature enough to breed yet, it is hoped that Marai will eventually pair up with Aibek, who is her same age and was born here in 2017. The Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP), a conservation breeding program for endangered animals at accredited zoos, has matched these two cats as a recommended breeding pair in another year or so. Other than making adorable cubs, the goal of SSP programs like this is to increase the genetic diversity and health of species at risk of extinction.
If opposites attract, then Marai and Aibek should hit it off just fine when the time comes. Our animal care staff says that Marai has a sweet disposition, is quite sociable wit…