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Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo: This Is How We Zoo

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is well-known not only by locals, but around the United States. Having won many awards in its time, including the 2015 Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Award for their Banyan Wilds habitat and several Green awards for refurbished and new construction exhibits and attractions around zoo grounds.

Local Insight From DENISE COE

“The mission of the Woodland Park Zoo is: “To save wildlife and inspire everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.” That is one of the many reasons I am have a membership to the zoo. On a personal note I love nothing more than visiting the zoo with my grandson and watching the wonder in his eyes as the animals in his books come to life! We are so fortunate to have the zoo in our backyard. It is a tremendous asset to our community.”

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As part of the vibrant community of Phinney Ridge, the Woodland Park Zoo is ideally located between Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, and Green Lake; and can be easily accessed from Highway 99 and major roadway, I-5.

The Woodland Park Zoo has been through many rigorous improvements through the years since its original imagination; including the Asian Elephant Forest exhibit, the Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, the Educational Center, ZooStore, Animal Health Complex, Northern Trail exhibit, and the Trail of Vines, which were constructed between 1987 and 1996.

Since then, other habitats have been explored and incorporated and attractions added, including the African Village in 2001, Jaguar Cove in 2003 the historical carousel and Zoomazium in 2006, the Humboldt penguin exhibit in 2009, and the Banyan wilds in 2015.

The extensiveness of the Woodland Park Zoo is mindboggling; you could spend all day walking along their trails, searching for your favorite animals, and snapping selfies against a tropical background.

Events include things like ZooTunes, concerts, and other events…their calendar stays up-to-date so be sure to check it out!

Woodland Park Zoo’s 92 acres are divided into bioclimatic zones, each “featuring different natural habitats ranging from humid tropical rain forests and coastal deserts to temperate rain forests like those of the Pacific Northwest.” See animals from around the world thrive in closely-related environments. As Human Certified, they strive for optimal wellness in the care of the roughly 1,100 animals in their care, stating, “it’s not only our responsibility – it’s our passion.”

So, whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids, your friends, or other family, looking for the perfect birthday extravaganza, or trying to experience one of the zoo’s many events, a visit to Woodland Park Zoo is a sure bet.

…and in the meantime, watch the tiger cam – or bear cam!

Have you experienced the Woodland Park Zoo? Let us know about your favorite parts! Or maybe you’re looking for something to do! What are you most looking forward to in your next visit? Let us know in the comments below!


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