Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo
A Canadian lumber mill owner, Guy C. Phinney, collected a menagerie of animals before he died in 1893. The city of Seattle paid Phinney’s wife $5,000 plus assumed the mortgage on the property for $95,000 for the title to the zoo. The zoo located in Woodland Park opened in 1899. Additional animals were added to the zoo in 1902. The zoo underwent ground renovations the same year.
The zoo is home to approximately 1,100 animals representing nearly 300 species. Employees esteem to improve chances of survival for endangered species through captive breeding efforts. The animals are provided enrichment activities such as structure for climbing when appropriate, items for nest building, toys such as balls and sometimes hiding food to encourage larger cats to search. Some animals are even trained to paint on canvas as part of the enrichment process.
The Woodland Park Zoo has been presented with the prestigious Best National Exhibit Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums numerous times. The African Savannah Exhibit opened in 1980 featuring a model of an African village. The exhibit teaches animal conservation and houses hippopotamus, giraffes, patas monkeys, ostriches, gazelles, zebras and oryxes. Zoo patrons may feed the giraffes during special sessions for a small additional fee. Australasia, Temperate Forest, Northern Trail, Tropical Asia and Tropical Rain Forest are all themed animal exhibits. Zoomazium is designed specifically for families with children to enjoy hands-on experiences.
The zoo presents WildLights from November 28, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The zoo sparkles with twinkling Christmas lights. Illuminated monkeys and other animals light up the park. Reindeer visit the Woodland Park Zoo for this special event. Visitors may take a break from viewing the lights and build a snowman or engage in a snowball battle with artificial snow. Information concerning ticket pricing, hours, parking or directions for the WildLights event is available online.
*Photo courtesy of Hungry Hungry Hippo by Henry Yu at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo
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