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What's Your Green Zoo IQ?

Posted by Barbara Segal, Intern in Communications

What’s your green zoo IQ? Many of our green features are hiding in plain sight. Maybe you already knew about our waste sorting bins or our famous Zoo Doo program, but did you know we have an official zoo gnome in charge of the magic that happens in the compost yard or that some of our pavement is water permeable? Check out the top 17 greenest things at your zoo—how many do you already know about?

1. Welcome to a green oasis When you walk through our West Entrance, you’re seeing sustainability hidden in plain view.  The buildings and entrance area are covered with Forestry Stewardship Council certified wood. The buildings’ windows and skylights take advantage of as much daylight as possible to keep energy use down.  The gently sloping pavement that directs storm water to a 975,00-gallon underground tank.  This tank allows the water to slowly drain at a pace that the sewer system can absorb, reducing the chance of overflow going straigh…

Get to know Malayan tiger Bumi on Global Tiger Day

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications

Today is July 29, Global Tiger Day! To celebrate, we give you the first glimpses of our new boy, Bumi (pronounced Boom-y).
This strappingly striped 9-year-old recently arrived here from Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and he is currently getting comfortable with his new digs behind-the-scenes at the zoo’s Malayan Tiger habitat in Banyan Wilds. Stay tuned for when he makes his debut later this summer.

In the meantime, you can still see our other Malayan tigers, Olan and Eko, in the habitat area. Adult tigers are usually solitary (except a mother with cubs) so you’ll likely see one of them at a time. 
All subspecies of tigers are critically endangered throughout most of their range in Asia which includes parts of India, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries. A century ago, there were more than 100,00 of them in the wild, but today it is believed that fewer than 4,000 remain—and 3 of 9 subspecies have already gone extinct. But it’s not too…

Coloring Contest Ends with a Rainbow of Artwork Bound for Papua New Guinea

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, Communications
Our summer art contest is complete and all of the incredible entries were so creative and wonderful to see! Thank you everyone for helping us thank the Junior Rangers! 

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.

All of the artwork from the contest will be sent to the Junior Ranger Program in Papua New Guinea to show our appreciation for the Junior Rangers and their commitment to saving wildlife and protecting habitat. Gibson Sil Galla’h, from the Papua New Guinea Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program’s Education and Leadership team, is visiting Woodland Park Zoo this summer and we'll ha…

Ensuring a Fierce Future!

Posted by the 2019 Jungle Party Co-Chairs
Amy Alcala, Diane Shrewsbury, Alyssa Sunderland and Jill Walker
On behalf of all of us at Woodland Park Zoo, thank you for joining us at the 43rd annual Jungle Party, Our Zoo, Our Oasis - Ensuring a Fierce Future!

We are honored to announce that collectively, more than $2 million was given for Woodland Park Zoo’s pioneering work and conservation mission. As a leading conservation zoo, we believe that saving wildlife and their habitats is our imperative. To achieve this, we are embarking on nothing less than a historic transformation that will redefine the relationship between people, our planet and all its creatures through a broad, social movement for wildlife conservation.

Your support at Jungle Party and throughout the year enables us to build upon our proud history of innovation and leadership while embracing a rapid metamorphosis necessary for our times. We invite you to spend a few moments with our new strategic plan, which highlights ho…

Silverspot butterflies need your love

Posted by Barbara Segal, Intern, Communications

It takes a village to save a butterfly. Our zoo community’s mission includes saving wildlife near and far, and to save the Oregon silverspot butterfly we team up with many dedicated organizations of wildlife experts and activists. This beautiful and important pollinator once fluttered among flowers in Washington and across the west coast, but now is only found in isolated patches in Oregon and northern California. Threatened by habitat loss and invasive species, the silverspot butterfly needs our help. This means everyone from government agencies to you, our zoo community! Working together, we can bring this the silverspot butterfly back from the brink. 

The first leg of the relay began when the U.S. Department of the Interior declared the silverspot butterfly threatened in 1980. This put the wheels in motion for conservation efforts, and in 1982 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created a recovery plan, which was updated in 2001. Care…