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Sempurna inspires a splash of creativity!

Posted by Kirsten Pisto, CommunicationsThis summer we asked artists of all ages to put their most creative coloring skills to the test with a MyZoo baby tapir coloring contest. With nearly 100 entries, it was reaallllly hard to choose since every single entry was exploding with love for the #SeattleWatermelon and mom, Ulan. However, your Woodland Park Zoo staff have decided and here are the grand prize winners as well as honorable mentions...
Grand Prize (Ages 2-6): Troy, age 5Complete with a rainbow and excellent color choices as well as attention to detail, Troy you captured Sempurna's summertime vibes perfectly!
Honorable mention for ages 2-6:Sophie, age 5

Claire, age 6

Vanessa, age 3
Grand Prize (Ages 7-12): Zoe, age 12We loved the way Zoe treated the lush green background and her detailing in Ulan's eyes is so clever, congrats Zoe!
Honorable mention for ages 7-12:Talia, age 7
Avery, age 12
Elsa, age 8
Grand Prize (Ages 13+): Jamila, age 17We want to jump into the world Jamila has …

Get your Master's degree through Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by Ryan Driscoll, Lead Learning Facilitator, Woodland Park Zoo

Are you passionate about conservation? Do you want to learn more about environmental issues and take action? Are you looking for ways to engage with your community about subjects that matter? You should consider the Advanced Inquiry Program at Woodland Park Zoo.

Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is an exciting web-based master’s degree program that includes experiential learning and field study offered at Woodland Park Zoo. As an advisor and facilitator of the program, I often get asked who this program is for and what types of projects students do. As we start recruitment for the 2021 cohort, I couldn’t think of a better way to highlight the diverse array of professions, interests, and projects that this program supports than to let some of our current students share some of their experiences.

I hope you leave as inspired as I always am when working with students in this program! If you are …

Gorilla family update: Kitoko is six months old!

Posted by Elizabeth Bacher, Communications
Photos and video by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren


It’s time for an update on our wonderful western lowland gorilla family, with the latest scoop from dedicated gorilla keepers, Stephanie and Judy! We wanted to start with the newest family member, little Kitoko. The 6-month-old baby boy—born to Uzumma and Kwame on March 4—is doing great and keeping his mama on her toes. You may recall that he was injured in a family scuffle several months ago, but he has recovered from that and continues to be right on track with physical and developmental milestones.


Bright-eyed and curious about everything around him, our awesome gorilla keepers tell us Kitoko seems to already recognize his name—looking towards them when they call to him. His motor skills are developing well, too. He can often be seen grasping branches, climbing on structures in his habitat (until he gets too high for comfort and quickly makes his way back down to Uzumma), reaching towards anything,…