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Happy Valentine’s Day: We’re blushing over you!

Posted by Craig Newberry, Communications
Photos by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Woodland Park Zoo

Roses are red, violets are blue, come spend Valentine’s Day at the zoo! Many of the animals at Woodland Park Zoo are ready for a day filled with love and they’re sporting some red, white and pink gear.

Chilean flamingos are pretty in pink!

Chilean flamingos have an extensive range throughout much of southern South America including Chile and Peru. Their pink color comes from the pigments in the tiny floating plants and animals they eat! Find Chilean flamingos in the zoo’s Temperate Forest.

What could be better than red panda? Well, a red panda WITH flowers, of course!

Red pandas have fiery red coats and thick, bushy tails. Woodland Park Zoo supports the Red Panda Network who is working to conserve this flagship species in Nepal. Find red panda, Carson, in the zoo’s Wildlife Survival Zone.

The fluffy white snowy owl is the heaviest North American owl and one of the largest in overall size. Males are nearly pure white and the female’s white plumage is highlighted with dark brown bars and spots. Find snowy owls in the zoo’s Living Northwest Trail.

Red Ruffed Lemurs Red ruffed lemurs live in Northeast Madagascar on the Masaola Peninsula—they appear nowhere else in the wild outside of the island country. Their long tails, around 23 inches, help them balance as they move with dexterity through the canopies of the rain forest. Find red ruffed lemurs in the zoo’s Tropical Rain Forest.

Trumpeter swans are the largest native waterfowl in North America, weighing more than 25 pounds with wingspans that can reach 6 to 8 feet. In nature, trumpeter swans often form pair bonds with a mate at 3 to 4 years old. They usually stay together throughout the year and sometimes for life. Find trumpeter swans in the zoo’s Temperate Forest.

You can find more about sustainably-sourced palm oil and wildlife-friendly candy choices at

Be Sweet to Animals: When choosing sweets for your sweet pea this Valentine’s Day, consider using Woodland Park Zoo’s wildlife-friendly candy guide to support sustainable palm oil. Saving forest habitat never tasted better: