Spring 2015 - Woodland Park Zoo
for members of Woodland Park Zoo • Spring 2015
we love you!
Love is in the Air
& Tanagers…oh my!
Setting the Mood
for Love Birds
ON THE COVER
As a conservation organization, Woodland Park Zoo seeks to inspire a love of animals in
all our guests and community partners. A rewarding perk of my job is hearing what you
say you love about your zoo, especially about how our animals, keepers, and experiences
transform your passions into action.
One member shared how her foster son’s eyes light up as he explores the animals’ colors,
shapes and sounds, and how he has become enthralled by the many creatures that exist in
the world. A young student told us he became a big animal lover, thanks to the zoo, and now
wants to become a biologist and study wild cats in Africa to stop the senseless poaching.
Another member shared, “The zoo’s animals inspire our family to think about our global
footprint; we want to make our own small changes and inspire others.” Whether it’s
initiating neighborhood efforts to promote backyard habitats, recycling, or conservationthemed fundraisers, the ways our animals inspire members to act on their passions are as
diverse as the 300 species that live here.
And it keeps getting better. Soon, you’ll have a whole new reason to love your zoo. Tigers!
Three young Malayan tigers join our zoo family this spring as we prepare for the May 2
opening of our highly anticipated Banyan Wilds tiger and sloth bear exhibits. Located
in the heart of the zoo, this new wildlife conservation journey will leave you in awe
with closer-than-ever experiences of the sights, sounds, and scents of a tropical forest
teeming with life. What’s more, interactive features will push the boundaries of what’s
possible with animal care, education and action. You will be empowered to help end
tiger poaching and sustain the landscapes on which both tigers and people depend.
As with many species, the survival of wild tigers is in our hands. Look for our colorful
Tigers on Tour this spring, and join your zoo, Panthera, and our field conservation
partners in Malaysia to save this iconic big cat.
Northwest families are passionate about conservation. By uniting our passions, we will help
ensure a sustainable future for animals and people. Sounds like a great love story to me.
Dr. Deborah Jensen has ushered in many
firsts for Woodland Park Zoo since she
took the helm of the nonprofit in 2002:
5500 Phinney Avenue North
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON 98103
MAIN ZOO LINE
Deborah B. Jensen, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Chief Operations Officer
• First conservation scientist
Love for Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
• First leader of the nonprofit under
a new public-private partnership
with the City of Seattle
Tiger Hearts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Her strong vision has helped this beloved
Northwest institution give people hope
for the world’s wildlife. As president and
CEO, she leads 350 passionate employees
and 700 dedicated volunteers in a grand
challenge: to engage the entire community
in creating a sustainable future for animals
and people, and have fun while doing it!
From WPZ staff, volunteers,
and Board of Directors:
2015 BOARD OF
Laurie Stewart, Chair
Jeff Leppo, Vice Chair
Cammi Libby, Treasurer
Rob Short, Secretary
Immediate Past Chair
Recognition for Tree Kangaroo
Conservation Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Love is in the Air . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Let’s Get Digital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
A regal match: Adia and Xerxes start their pride. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
sustainability spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Membership Matters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Congratulations to Dr. Jensen on her
2015 Executive Excellence Award as a
Nonprofit CEO of the Year, as featured
in Seattle Business Magazine.
Anmal Spotlight: Malayan Tapirs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Setting the Mood for Love Birds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Classes and Camps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
MyZoo Kids: Valentine’s Special. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
David S. Anderson
Dino De Vita
Dennis Dow, WPZ
• First female chief executive
Deborah B. Jensen, Ph.D.
President and CEO
WOODLAND PARK ZOO
A paradise tanager, Tangara chilensis,
shows off its brilliant plumage. Colorful
feathers and nest building skills are
key to attracting a mate in the
Tropical Rain Forest aviary.
Deborah Jensen, ex officio
Christopher Williams, ex officio
Woodland Park Zoo Saves
animals and their habitats
May 1 – September 30
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
leadership and engaging
October 1 – April 30
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
experiences, inspiring people
to learn, care and act.
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MyZoo Spring 2015.Volume 17. Issue 1.
Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA
General Information: 206.548.2500 Membership Department
and Address Changes: 206.548.2400, [email protected]
Editor in Chief: Laura Lockard, [email protected]
Managing Editor: Kirsten Pisto, [email protected]
Design Editor: Misty Fried, [email protected]
Lead Designer: Kelly Hampson, [email protected]
Photo Editor: Ryan Hawk, [email protected]
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We Love Our Members
We have members representing 44 states as
well as 3 Canadian provinces PLUS members
across the pond in London! The most members
(outside of Washington state) live in British
Columbia, with California as a close second.
We love our members,
and with 40,000 member
households, there’s plenty of
love to go around! Members
are part of the family here
at Woodland Park Zoo.
We appreciate your support,
whether you’ve been a member
for one month or 20 years!
Members not only know a good deal when they see one,
they are also inspired by wildlife conservation. When asked
why they joined the zoo, 40% of our new members said
they joined to support the zoo’s conservation mission. The
endangered animals around the world thank you!
You keep us on our toes, you
push us to be better, you
strengthen our relationships
within the community, and you
remind us to have fun! And all the
while, members care as much as we do
for our amazing animals. We can tell from your
emails, phone calls and conversations on
grounds that members are a unique and generous
group, and we are grateful to have you as part
of our team in saving animals and their habitats.
Over the last 5 years, 1.8 million
members have visited the zoo!
Since September 2011, $2.50 of
each membership purchase has
directly supported the zoo’s
conservation programs in the
Northwest and around the
world. That means $300,000
in Quarters for Conservation
helped the silverspot butterfly
in the Pacific Northwest,
tree kangaroos in Papua New
Guinea, and snow leopards in
Central Asia, just to name a few!
“Every October, when the membership
comes due, I think carefully about the
wisdom of spending resources on a zoo
membership. And every year I decide
(sometimes after serious discussions with
myself!) that it is probably a wise thing
to do. Then a litter of snow leopards (for
instance) is born, and I realize that buying
that membership is one of the best things
States with members
States without members
By Helen Lowery, Membership and Digital Sales Supervisor
I do for myself. T he zoo pass rides in my
hip-pocket, and when I am in need of “A
Natural High”, I know where to go.”
Ms G M Wiegand (member since 1988)
& Gabriel, SD Hearing
Woodland Park Zoo would
not be the institution it is
OU. And that is
why we love our members!
Tigers are easy to love. Just saying
the word “tiger” evokes symbols of beauty,
ferocity, strength, independence and
vitality. Across cultures, people have been
in awe of this species since they were first
encountered. Our imaginations run wild
with visions of tigers stalking the jungles
of Asia and beyond… into our children’s
stories, our folklore, our paintings and
songs, our tattoos, and the very fabric
of our richest adventures.
On May 2, the zoo is opening its largest
exhibit in nearly 20 years: Banyan Wilds.
Along with sloth bears, the future residents
of this naturalistic, state-of-the-art exhibit
are three Malayan tiger brothers who will
surely mesmerize us with their “fearful
symmetry,” playfulness and grandeur. The
young tigers will be very busy: they’ll use
acute smell and agility to scout out food
hidden throughout their backyard, splash
through their pool on hot summer days,
and work one-on-one with their keepers
at the training wall. All the while, we’ll
demonstrate how the zoo cares for such
dangerous animals, keeping both humans
and tigers safe.
Visitors will be able to get closer to
this predator than any other at the zoo.
Wide-eyed children will romp through the
roots of a Banyan tree to spy a tiger, and
actually hear the breathing, chuffing, licking
and roaring of these animals. And the tigers
will be watching us too.
While we are thrilled that Seattle will be
welcoming tigers, overall our planet is
quickly losing them. Extensive poaching and
habitat degradation are taking a devastating
toll on Malayan tigers – so devastating that
one day tigers may exist only in captivity.
With an estimated 3,200 tigers left in the
wild, the Malayan tiger subspecies is down
to fewer than 350 animals, a number far
more dangerous than the fierce tiger itself.
Hope is in the stripes. Ours is a passionate
community of conservationists willing to
take action to save Malayan tigers. Let’s
give the three tiger brothers a warm
Seattle welcome by committing to the
three actions below.
By Kerston Swartz, Public Affairs and
Advocacy Manager, WPZ
Photos by Karen Caster, Little Rock Zoo
At the heart of the zoo,
the tigers will inspire
us to see the world
through their eyes.
Eye of the tiger: This summer, visit Banyan Wilds and see the
world through the tiger’s eyes. You’ll learn that saving umbrella
species at the top of the food chain, like the Malayan tiger, also
protects thousands of species sharing the same forest home: from
lichens to trees, snails to elephants and, yes, even humans. Stay upto-date on the plight of the tiger by signing up for Woodland Park
Zoo’s Tiger Team and join hundreds of others in your community
who are passionate about saving this magnificent species.
Power of choice: Shop smart. Your most average-day’s activities
affect the fate of tigers: in the shower, during meals and even
doing laundry. That’s because many of our daily products contain
palm oil—from shampoo and detergent to ice cream and prepared
foods. When grown unsustainably, palm oil agriculture can lead to
the destruction of tiger forests. Become an educated consumer
and learn more about products containing certified sustainable
palm oil by visiting rspo.org.
Orange and black is the new black: Being in demand isn’t a
good thing when you’re prized for fur and medicine. Woodland
Park Zoo is helping train rangers in Malaysia, putting eyes in the
forest and boots on the ground to deter the poaching driving
Malayan tigers to near extinction. With the Panthera-WPZ
Malayan Tiger Conservation Project and our Malaysian colleagues,
WPZ supports efforts to train in-country rangers in the
latest tiger survey methods, law enforcement techniques
and camera-trap technology. This work is critical in
providing protection for these endangered animals.
You can help us stop poachers in their tracks.
Ensure the long-term survival of tigers by
making a donation, large or small, to
our partnership. Learn more at
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sheraton Seattle Hotel • 1400 6th Ave.
Join us for breakfast to learn how our zoo is
helping to protect animals and their habitats
around the world.
Featuring Dr. Cheryl Knott, Co-Founder
of the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation
Program and Dr.Tim Laman, National
AT WOODLAND PARK ZOO
Woodland Park Zoo’s
Tree Kangaroo Conservation
Efforts Awarded AZA Top Honors
Woodland Park Zoo’s flagship conservation program,
the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP), was prized
with top honors for the International Conservation Award at the
2014 Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) national conference!
AZA names conservation as its highest priority, and annually
recognizes exceptional efforts by AZA-accredited zoos, aquariums,
and partners toward habitat preservation, species restoration, and
support of biodiversity in the wild.
Valentine’s Day Enrichment....... February 14
Thrive....................................................... February 24
Rose Garden Pruning
Demonstration................................ February 28
Bunny Bounce and
Easter Enrichment........................................April 4
Party for the Planet......................... April 11-19
Tim Laman, National Geographic
Admission to Thrive is complimentary and all are welcome to
attend. Please help us keep Thrive free by making a donation.
BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru
lineup announcement........................... April 20
BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru
member presale.............................................. April 22
BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru
Tickets on sale............................................. April 24
Member Preview for
Banyan Wilds............................................ April 30
Russell A. Mittermeier
Grand Opening for
Banyan Wilds.................................................. May 2
Early Morning Bird Walk........................... May 9
Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation
presented by Brown Bear Car Wash......................... June 6
* Indicates a separately ticketed event. All other events are free
with regular zoo admission or membership.
UN Equator Prize
TKCP has made great strides in empowering local residents to
manage the community’s environmental and natural resources,
and recently established TKCP-PNG—a locally-registered partner
non-governmental organization—to manage the YUS Conservation
Area. TKCP-PNG was also recently honored by the United Nations
for its advancements in sustainable wildlife conservation and local
livelihood solutions with the highly-esteemed UN Equator Prize.
Summer zoo hours begin............................ May 1
Mom & Me at the zoo...................................... May 9
First established in 1996 as an endangered species research
endeavor, TKCP has developed into a holistic, community-based
conservation program encompassing livelihoods, education, health,
and land-use planning to protect the endangered Matschie’s tree
kangaroo, its habitat, and other native species from the threat of
deforestation and over-hunting. Five years ago, TKCP worked with
local landowners and government officials to establish the YopnoUruwa-Som Conservation Area (YUS CA), the first of its kind
in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 180,000-acre area, voluntarily
pledged by local landowners to help protect the wildlife native
to PNG’s Huon Peninsula, has become a model for locally-owned
habitat conservation to protect wildlife in balance with community
needs and aspirations.
To learn more about the program, visit
We’re honored to be recognized for our continued contributions
to wildlife conservation, tree kangaroo research, and the
communities of Papua New Guinea.
Trevor Holbrook, Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program Coordinator
Amanda Lloyd Photography
Alise and Kyle with Lorenzo!
Photo courtesy of Jenny GG.
Amanda Lloyd Photography
Flowers by Aria Style
Aimee and Tristan’s Rose Garden Wedding.
Amanda Lloyd Photography
Flowers by Aria Style
Photos courtesy of Amanda Lloyd Photography.
is in the
A Bird in a Tuxedo: When planning a wedding for Alise and Kyle, Alise’s mom Tina knew the
perfect place for these animal lovers. The couple traveled all the way from Virginia to say “I do”
at the zoo. Alise grew up in Seattle, so she was thrilled to be able to share one of her fondest
childhood haunts with her fiancé. The July 19 ceremony took place in the Rose Garden, at the height
of its colorful bouquet. Afterwards the couple partied in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion, but not before
strolling zoo grounds with their wedding photographer. When they approached the penguin exhibit,
keeper John invited the newlyweds to meet the penguins and gave them an experience they would never
forget. With a blessing from Lorenzo, a tuxedo-clad Humboldt penguin, their nuptials were complete.
Of course, no penguin visit would be official without a little extra something… which one penguin
(who shall remain nameless) bestowed on the groom’s shiny shoe. As John says, “It’s good luck!”
Whether it’s a blind date at
the flamingo exhibit, a surprise
proposal with a grizzly audience, a
wedding led by Humboldt penguins or
an anniversary fit for party animals,
the zoo is a hotbed for romantic
occasions. Over the years, Woodland
Park Zoo has become a pillar of love
stories; we receive dozens of letters
and emails detailing a first look, a
first kiss and everything that comes
happily ever after.
Sara and Sebastian dance into our
hearts at their Beech Grove ceremony.
Photos courtesy of Elissa Wanke.
Stop and smell the roses: Since 1924, the Rose Garden
has been a highly sought after ceremony location. It is now an
award-winning ceremony destination for couples, selling out
at a minimum of 18 months in advance!
Rock’n’roll love affair: The zoo receives a wild range of
requests: jousting in the meadow for a Renaissance wedding,
a penguin keeper as an official witness, special nuptials in the
African Village to represent the couple’s meeting in South
Africa and even a couple who met at a ZooTunes concert and
were eventually married on the ZooTunes stage—rock on!
Amanda Lloyd Photography
Flowers by Aria Style
Amanda Lloyd Photography
Cake by New York Cupcakes
Matt and Scott’s beautiful wedding
took place on the Northern Trail.
Photo courtesy of Mark Ratzer.
A little wild, a lot of love: Some couples have a deep
affinity for certain residents and request to marry near them;
jaguar, grizzly bears, flamingos, even Komodo dragons! By
including these animals in their ceremonies, a lifelong bond
is established and we often see the newlyweds become
members, bringing their children as their family grows into
Woodland Park Zoo is the perfect location to fall in love,
arrange for a romantic proposal, celebrate a wedding, or
honor your lifelong commitment with an anniversary party.
For more information on wedding events please contact
[email protected] or 206-548-2590.
By Kirsten Pisto, Editor
Wedding photos courtesy of:
www.amanda-lloyd.com · www.elissawankephotography.com · www.jennygg.com
It All Began at the Zoo: It wasn’t until the third day of zoo ambassador training at Woodland Park
Zoo when someone (fate?) took Sara’s seat and she was compelled to ask Sebastian if she could sit by
him instead. The rest is history.
Sebastian went on to become an exhibit attendant and Sara worked as Interpretive Engagements
Specialist. Sebastian describes falling in love at the zoo, “Despite being in the middle of a city, the zoo is
an oasis of plants and animals. We are both such fans of the natural world, and being able to share that
love with others kept us in a happy mood. I think this is true of all of those who come to the zoo, not just
visitors but staff and volunteers alike, and this sets a joyous mood that is easy to fall in love with. This shared
wonderment of nature by staff, volunteers, and visitors, along with a dedication to the animals that live at
WPZ, creates a strong bond that makes everyone seem like family. This zoo family is the foundation of our
love and relationship.” The couple was married at the zoo and in June 2014 they moved to Texas where
Sebastian works as a bird keeper and Sara works in the Education department at Houston Zoo. WPZ misses
these two, but their love story is legend around these parts, turning even the most stoic staff to mush.
True Love in the Northern Trail: Matt and Scott had been
together for nearly 16 years when they were finally able to plan their
wedding in 2014. Their union was not only the most important moment in
their lives, but a symbol for marriage equality in Washington. They made
a list of a dozen locations, but after meeting Liza, a WPZ event specialist,
the couple decided on-the-spot that the zoo would be their venue. They
grew a fast friendship with Liza and even invited her to their ceremony!
Matt and Scott were thrilled, “Our wedding was incredible, surpassing
even our dreams. Many who have attended said it was one of the most
beautiful weddings they’ve ever attended. We wouldn’t be surprised if
Liza didn’t have something to do with our perfect weather and are still
wondering how she got the wolves to howl on cue.” A beautiful wedding
amidst the wolves and the grizzlies, a brand new family and a new
friendship to boot… we can’t think of a sweeter ending.
Kathryn, a WPZ summer
camp assistant, proudly
sports a Woodland Park
Zoo VIP guest button
on her wedding day!
She was married the day
after busy summer camp
season was over!
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Our work is not done.
Woodland Park Zoo, with our partner Point Defiance
Zoo & Aquarium, will continue to work hard until
Washington state does its part to save African elephants
from extinction. Right now, we’re in Olympia telling
legislators that we must act now to save elephants.
Woodland Park Zoo joins more than 175 zoos, aquariums,
and partners in the 96 Elephants campaign to stop the
killing, stop the demand, and stop the trade.
Julie Larsen Maher,WCS
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Around 100 different species of Partula once existed
on islands stretching across the South Pacific from Palau to
French Polynesia, but due to the introduction of an invasive and
carnivorous snail, Partula were reduced to about five species in
less than 10 years in the 1980s. Before they vanished completely,
scientists stepped in and collected small remnant populations of
snails on the islands and sent these precious few to zoos for captive
breeding. However, a survey conducted in 1987 on the island of
Moorea could not locate a single living snail.
In 2003, Woodland Park Zoo joined the Partula Species Survival Plan
to begin breeding. Thanks to the specialized care by zookeepers, our
population hovers at a little more than 1,000 snails at any given time.
Now with collaborative efforts among conservation zoos, plans are
underway to reintroduce Partula nodosa back to Tahiti in the next couple
of years. The wildlife preserve, an approximately 20-meter square
protected site, might just be the smallest wildlife preserve in the world.
Prior to copulating, Partula shoot “love
darts”—tiny bits of calcium-based material—
like daggers into their partner. No one knows
exactly why. Some think that this is the origin
of Cupid and his love arrows.
Now there’s a
fun fact you can
use to romance
Learn more about partula conservation at zoo.org/partula.
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Supporting conservation has never been so chic!
Our conservation commerce collection consists of
sustainably made products created by craftspeople.
By buying conservation commerce, you support
local communities in wildlife areas, providing
income alternatives to non-sustainable
agricultural practices, poaching and other
activities that harm habitat and wildlife.
Tagua nut ivory may be the
prettiest thing we’ve ever seen
done to a nut. The sustainably
harvested tagua nut, known
as “vegetable ivory,” is grown in
tropical regions of South America.
When dried, the nut is easily
carved into splendidly chic jewelry.
Earrings $12.99, nut rings $14.99
and necklaces $39.99
All items shown are available at the ZooStore.
Woodland Park Zoo’s own Tree Kangaroo
Conservation Program partners with Caffe
Vita to bring a deliciously mellow, honeylike roast all the way from Papua
New Guinea (PNG) to your cup!
Grown under native shade by
farmers who have committed
to conserving 180,000 acres
for the preservation of the
endangered Matschie’s tree
never tasted so good.
PNG YUS Coffee $15.00
Snow Leopard Trust
partners with local families
to produce handmade hats,
mittens, slippers, purses and
home décor, all of which protect snow
leopards and their habitat in Mongolia and
Kyrgyzstan. Our favorite? This tiny snow leopard
finger puppet! Assorted knitwear $24.99, slippers
$34.99, purse $49.99, felt booties for children
$22.00, finger puppet $8.00
How does your garden grow?
Zoo Doo is just about the
best thing you can
sprinkle on your
all things green, this
mixture of leaves, compost,
animal manure and wood chips is
specially blended to produce a rich,
dark and crumbly compost. All
proceeds support Woodland
Park Zoo. Zoo Doo 2-gallon
containers $15.00, pint
When our new male lion Xerxes
arrived at Woodland Park Zoo last March,
keepers weren’t sure what Adia would
think of her new mate. Xerxes had spent
the last few years at El Paso Zoo and
wasn’t used to his new, moist environment.
When he first wandered out to the lion
yard here in Seattle, he was particularly
puzzled by the drizzle. Keeper Christine
Anne chuckles when she recalls Xerxes’
first few days, “He would stare up at the
clouds for long periods of time and he was
really intrigued with licking dew drops off
the grass. When we called him back inside
he would be absolutely soaked.” Despite
being spellbound by the dew drops, Xerxes
was also quite interested in Adia. Keepers
began introductions between the two
straight away. The early intros (which were
facilitated by introducing the two cats to
each other while a mesh guard was placed
between them) were extremely positive.
Xerxes would chuff at Adia and she would
show off for him. It was clear to keepers
that this match was love at first sniff.
Within a week of being officially introduced
in the outdoor exhibit, the pair was
seen—ahem—“getting along” quite well!
It was no surprise when Adia gave birth to
three little cubs in late October.
Woodland Park Zoo supports the Ruaha Carnivore
Project, which focuses on the importance of
predators to healthy ecosystems. To help support
the conservation project, become a lion ZooParent.
Because this is the first litter for mates
Adia and Xerxes, our keepers are thrilled
that their offspring are now represented
in the lion Species Survival Plan (SSP).
SSPs are a complex system that matches
animals in North American zoos based on
genetic diversity and demographic stability.
The cubs, born October 24, 2014 are now
important ambassadors in the lion species
Ryan Hawk ,WPZ
As a member of the zoo, you know we
work hard to build a sustainable future for
animals and people all over the world.
But did you know that local environmental
responsibility is also a cornerstone value at
your zoo? Indeed, we strive to continuously
improve sustainable practices on our own
92 acres as we provide exemplary care to
the zoo’s 1,000-plus animals.
As you can imagine, WPZ is a little different
than Seattle’s other conservation organizations! Who else in town makes nearly a
million pounds of the richest compost in the
region from piles of giraffe, oryx and hippo
poop? Or houses more than 40 thriving
Humboldt penguins in a geothermal-regulated, closed-loop filtration pool, a design and
visitor-learning experience inspired by the
earth’s natural systems?
Beyond all that technical stuff, it boils
down to this: Day in and day out, your
zoo’s sustainability goals help to
preserve biodiversity for generations
Even penguins have a discernable
palate: they choose sustainable
anchovy snacks here at the zoo.
WPZ’ S SUSTAINABILITY GOALS
20% reduction below
1990 levels by 2020.
Reduce solid waste
to landfill by 50% by
30% reduction below
2009 levels by 2020.
It’s an exciting year to be a member! In addition to all the usual fun,
like Bunny Bounce and the ZooTunes member presale, we have lion
cubs making their debut soon, not to mention the new, state-ofthe-art complex that will house the return of tigers and sloth bears!
Members will get a first look at the new exhibit at the Member
Preview on Thursday, April 30. You won’t want to miss it!
A few tips for members...
• Membership cards can be picked up at the membership
office at either entry. Cards are not mailed, and your
membership starts at time of purchase, not when
cards are picked up.
• Once you have your card you’ll have easy access to
the zoo! Just show your card plus your photo ID at
the entrance, and avoid the lines to get looked up.
• Feel free to contact Membership Customer Service at
206.548.2425 or [email protected] if you have
any questions about your membership.
LION ADOPTION SPECIAL
My, how time flies! The lion cubs are 4 months old already, but they are still
as cute as ever. Celebrate the three brothers with a ZooParent adoption!
members to see your
get up to two half-
• Color photo of animal
• Lion plush
• ZooParent adoption certificate • ZooParent static cling
• Online recognition for 1 year
• Animal fact sheet
Or, upgrade your adoption to the $100 level and receive
2 one-time admission passes and your name on the
ZooParent recognition sign in March 2016!*
price guests per named
adult per visit. Discovery
Passport members get
up to five half-price
Remember, ZooParent adoptions make great gifts,
even for yourself! Plus, your support will help the zoo’s
conservation efforts here at home and around the world.
guests per visit per
Visit us online at zoo.org/zooparent to adopt today.
friends and family
Annual Pass members
Your adoption package includes:
*Recognition sign updated each March with the previous calendar year’s donors.
Want to bring your
Actual plush may vary.
April 30, 2015.
Malayan tapirs, the largest
species of tapir, are much
larger than their cousins from
Central and South America.
The heaviest tapir on record
weighed over 1,000 pounds!
A favorite stop on the Trail of Vines, the tapir exhibit is nestled
in a quiet, shadowy patch of the zoo. With speckled sunlight
streaming through the enormous magnolia trees and twisty
bamboo overhead, the tapirs appear as two slumbering rocks.
Their fleecy, black and white pattern is designed to obscure
these giant creatures, making them practically invisible in a
shady forest environment. The rotund residents are quite
often seen napping, legs tucked neatly underneath them, but
there is much more to these sleeping giants than may appear!
We interviewed dedicated keeper,
Karen McRea, to learn more about
these whistling, yam-munching and
often very playful animals.
Karen: We have a female named Ulan who
is 3 years old and a male named Bintang
who is 14 years old. Ulan weighs 640 lb.
and Bintang weighs 680 lb.
WPZ: Do the tapirs know their names?
Keeper Karen McRae with tapir treats!
excellent hearing and sense
of smell make sniffing out
snacks a breeze. Tapirs cruise
the swamps and river basins
for fruit, leaves, soft twigs
and aquatic grasses.
WPZ: They are pretty massive animals,
what do they eat?
Karen: The tapirs love their produce!
Carrots, yams, apples and bananas. Ulan
is very fond of her romaine, while Bintang
seems to really enjoy his browse. They
eat around 3½ lb. of produce, 10 lb. of
romaine, several cups of alfalfa pellets and
unlimited grass hay each day. In addition
to their daily diet, our tapirs receive fresh
browse on a regular basis.
WPZ: So, do the tapirs have a special
greeting for their keepers?
Karen: Every morning the tapirs come
over to their stall doors and put their
wiggly noses up to the mesh windows so
they can smell who has arrived! Sometimes
we are also greeted with a whistle or a
“hiccup” vocal. Ulan, in particular, is very
vocal with keepers. When I call her name
to bring her in from the exhibit for a snack
she usually answers my call with a loud
whistle as if she’s saying, “I’m coming!”
Our tapirs are also very vocal with each
other, whistling, squeaking, and hiccupping
back and forth to each other for several
minutes at a time.
Bintang enjoys a back scrath from his keepers!
WPZ: It seems like these two are always
napping. We know they are crepuscular
(active at twilight), but is there a good
time to see them at their most active?
Karen: The tapirs are most active in the
mornings and late afternoon to evening
time. They generally settle down for a nap
after breakfast around 10:30 a.m. and then
wake up and become more active again
around 3:30-4:00 p.m.
WPZ: What is the most challenging thing
about working with tapirs?
Karen: Tapirs startle easily. Loud sounds
or unexpected movements all tend to
startle the tapirs and cause them to bolt
away. The best way to work around the
tapirs is to talk a lot so they know you’re
near them. I try to keep up a pretty
constant stream of conversation when I’m
working around them so they always know
where I am. They have little to add to our
conversations, but I’ve found that tapirs are
actually quite good listeners!
WPZ: What is the most interesting part
of your work with these two?
Karen: Tapirs have an interesting response
to being touched. When we scratch them
in the right spots, they get very sleepy-eyed
and relaxed, and will often lie down on
their side as if they are in a blissful trance.
When they are this relaxed, they will let
us check the bottoms of their feet, touch
or manipulate different areas of their
bodies for health checks, apply topical
treatments, and eventually we hope to be
able to voluntarily draw blood from a vein
in their leg. This natural behavior of going
into a relaxed state when being scratched
seems to be common among all species
of tapir, and they really seem to enjoy it!
Sometimes Bintang gets so relaxed after
being scratched down that it takes him
a couple of minutes to wake up after we
stop scratching him!
WPZ: What is one thing that people are
most surprised to learn about tapirs?
Karen: The number one comment I
hear when someone sees a tapir in
person for the first time is “Wow!
I thought they were a lot smaller!”
Another thing people are surprised
to learn about tapirs is that they are
really good swimmers and like to spend
time in the water. They can even stay
underwater for long periods and just
put their nose above the surface to
breath—like a snorkel!
By Kirsten Pisto, Editor with
Karen McRea, Keeper
Malayan Tapir Territory
T h ai
rather poor eyesight, but its
WPZ: Karen, tell us a little about the
two tapirs at Woodland Park Zoo.
Karen: I use their names all the time and
the tapirs respond to me calling them or
talking to them, but I’m not sure if they
recognize their individual names. It’s hard to
say because when I call one of them up from
the yard for a snack, they generally both
respond—they know there’s a good chance
that food will be waiting for them both!
The Malayan tapir might have
Habitat: Dense rain forests
near river basins or swamps
Up to 30 years
with Karen McRea, Keeper
Location at the zoo:
Trail of Vines exhibit in Tropical Asia 21
Setting the Mood for
If you are a bird in the market for a love
nest, the Tropical Rain Forest aviary might
be your answer. Aflutter with feathers
of all colors, the aviary dome’s steamy
ambiance and deep, earthy aromas are
reminiscent of a paperback romance.
Add a bouquet of exotic orchids and
what chick could refuse? But it’s not the
orchid’s florescent flowers or opulent
petals that have these birds in a tizzy; it’s
actually the flowers’ root balls…
A jewel colored turquoise tanager darts
under a looming banyan branch. It flits
among the mosses and scraggly vines. The
tiny bird appears to vanish into the tangle
of plants, but on closer inspection it is
there, hidden in a slight crevice. Orchids
and bromeliads alike grow as masses on
larger trees or branches. The mess of plant
material at their base – known as root
balls – provides protective pockets for
these nesting birds.
Keepers have learned a lot about nesting
preferences since the aviary dome was
built in 1992. One thing is for sure… the
more orchids and bromeliads, the better!
Lead gardener Katrina Lindahl says that
“more and more, the keepers ask for
orchids, orchids, orchids.” This means
finding ways to tuck and grow orchids
and bromeliads in every nook and cranny.
“Dense and diverse foliage is the preferred
nesting environment and it’s our job to
make sure the birds have a variety of
material to work with” explains Lindahl.
The zoo’s greenhouse holds
about 1,000 orchids and
bromeliads at any given time.
These young plants get their
start in the greenhouse and
are transplanted to exhibits
around the zoo.
The zoo’s greenhouse holds about 1,000
orchids and bromeliads at any given time.
These young plants get their start in the
zoo’s greenhouse and are transplanted to
exhibits around the zoo. The strong roots
of the orchids adhere to their host tree and
become quite permanent, providing safe
shelters for the birds to raise their young.
Tanagers use supplemental materials to
insulate the inside of their chosen nest
pocket. The grand banyan branch stretching across the boardwalk is a popular
hangout for silver-beaked tanagers and
blue-grey tanagers. Cocoa fibers and Spanish moss are offered as cozy nest material.
Horticulture and keeper staff place tufts
of sphagnum moss and grass inside the
dome and adjacent exhibits each week.
Sometimes keepers add feathers or raffia
to the mix for a variety in nesting material.
When the nesting tanagers feel the urge,
they can forage for what they need.
The oropendola and cacique nests are easy
to spot. These long basket-like nests drape
delicately from lofty starts at the top of
the dome. The birds weave palm fronds,
Spanish moss, raffia and grasses to create a
funnel-shaped sack. A tiny hole at the top
of the nest allows the birds to enter, while
the eggs rest at the bottom. Oropendola
often have what keepers call “false starts.”
The yellow-tailed birds will begin to build
a nest to woo their potential mate, but
when it doesn’t work out, they’ll abandon
ship. The gregarious caciques are colonial
breeders, often building cacique “condos”
with stacks of 5-10 nests all together.
Raffia is provided for both these busy nest
builders to supplement the palm fronds
they naturally strip.
Bananaquits are little yellow birds referred
to as the “sugar bird” for their fondness
for nectar. These birds build dormitory
nests just for hooking up. Most birds only
nest for egg production. In the aviary
dome at the zoo, the nomadic nesters are
quite fond of the pothos vine (Epipremnum
aureum) and blue ginger (Dichorisandra
thyrsiflora), which provide leafy curtains.
The bananaquit nests are identifiable by
their side entrance hole.
Zookeepers also offer pre-built nests
that they affix to protected spots in the
canopy, but most nesting birds want
to design their own. Sometimes a little
head start can spark intrigue. That’s how
it works with the sunbitterns. These
beautiful birds drag mud and moss up to
the canopy to construct their nests.
A “wet spot” on the floor of the dome is
a popular spot to collect mud. Sometimes
keepers begin a mud ball and then leave it
as inspiration for the pair. Call it “setting
Troupials are more than happy to have a
pre-fab nest. Keepers relocate secondhand oropendola and cacique nests to the
troupials. In the wild these nest snatchers
won’t build their own nest, they just take
over someone else’s.
Aromatic plants such as bleeding heart
(Clerodendrum thomsoniae), and star jasmine
(Jasmine sp.) act as a haven for the birds.
Draped amongst the palms and bromeliads, these plants are appreciated more for
their dense vines than their alluring scent.
“The best thing about gardening in the
Tropical Rain Forest is the many personalities of the birds,” quips Lindahl. “The mot
mots are one of my favorites because of
their elaborate coloring; they also make
really cool tunnel nests in the ground.
You have to watch out for Earl, a protective aracari dad, who will dive-bomb
gardeners if they get too close to his nest
box. And then there are our resident
toucan troublemakers, Lulu and Patrick.
Those two dance around on their
avocado tree, breaking off its top. Tearing
stuff up and tossing the pieces to their
partner is their way of ‘flirting’, but it
drives us gardeners mad!”
Growing a healthy biome requires a special recipe that
begins with the soil and reaches all the way to the top
of the aviary dome. Gardeners start with a compost
enhanced soil mix on the floor of the exhibit. The compost,
supplemented with a healthy regular dose of compost tea,
provides a home for beneficial fungi and bacteria, which are
all part of our living soil program. Weekly raking keeps fallen
leaves and debris from overwhelming small plants. Light is
essential for the plants to thrive, so pruning and thinning is a
never-ending task. And water? Gardeners and keepers spend
one or two hours every day thoroughly soaking the entire
dome and other exhibits in the Tropical Rain Forest.
By Kirsten Pisto, Editor
We asked our teen volunteers and interns,
Why do you love ZooCorps?
Woodland Park Zoo’s youth programs engage a diverse group of
young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
programming to help create the next generation of informed
citizens, skilled workers, and conservation leaders with the
knowledge and ability to advocate for a sustainable future for
wildlife and wild places.
In the 2014-2015 program year, 150 ZooCorps volunteers and 20
ZooCorps interns will develop job, communication and leadership
skills; increase their knowledge of animals and their habitats; and
expand their conservation awareness and action in a supportive,
fun learning environment. Participating teens benefit from the
training and mentorship needed to provide interpretation at
exhibits and staff camps for young children, participate in local
conservation projects, and explore professional roles and
activities at the zoo.
ZooCorps is complemented by ZooCrew, an out-of-school STEM
program for underserved middle school students that enhances
in-class learning with hands on, student-led activities that address
a conservation need. With the support and expertise of zoo
staff, students develop projects with real and significant impact.
Empowered by the knowledge and skills they’ve gained, participants might design a bat box to install at a local park to share with
zoo visitors, write and post an article to the zoo’s blog, or create
a movie to communicate a conservation message.
Woodland Park Zoo’s award winning youth programs are made
possible through partnerships with individuals and foundations
that recognize our unique contributions to the development of
environmental advocates and educators.
“I love ZooCorps because of
the wonderful people I get
to work with and the many
adventures that pop up out
of thin air!”
“I love ZooCorps because, I am able to
work while doing something I love and
being surrounded by amazing people
and being able to share our love and
knowledge to the community and help
to save animals. It is amazing what
we all do together.”
“I love ZooCorps because of all the
amazing people that I’ve gotten to
meet and work with throughout my
ZooCorps career, from the volunteers
to the staff - y’all are great!”
Gabriella Olague, ZooCorps intern
“I love ZooCorps because it
is a place where you get to
express yourself and pursue
Kaitlin Peli, ZooCorps intern
We thank the following supporters for investing in our Youth Programs during the 2014-2015 program year:
Gardener Pam Claassen reaches into the canopy
24 to put the finishing touch on a freshly planted orchid.
Anonymous, The City of Seattle, John C. and Karyl Kay Hughes Foundation, Stephen Liffick and Rasa Raisys,
Microsoft Corporation, The Ocean Project, Pam Okano and Dick Birnbaum, RealNetworks Foundation
and The Dean Witter Foundation
www.zoo.org/childandfamilyprograms • 206.548.2424
See our website for class descriptions.
WALKIN’ AND ROLLIN’
Ages: Birth-18 months
Time: 9:00 -10:30 a.m.
Fee: $100/6-week session each
Bring your young learners to the zoo for a
fun-filled class including a guessing game with
animal specimens and a short tour! Programs
are 45 minutes to one hour long and available
to groups of 10-18 children and one adult for
every four children. Offered Sept.-April each
year, please call for availability.
9115: Wednesdays, Feb 25 - Apr 1
Fee: $8.75 per person, includes admission
new early birds
Up early? Experience Zoomazium before it
is open! Bring the family for a unique class
incorporating hands on activities for children
and their adults. Each class, discover a new
animal or habitat through crafts and creative
play. Once the zoo is open, head out on
grounds with your group to spot the animals
that were introduced during class.
WHO AM I?
•Tropical Rain Forest
Ages: Birth-8 years
Time: 8:15-9:30 a.m.
Fee: $20 each adult/child pair,
$10/ additional family member
Each class is designed to meet scout award
requirements for Girl Scout Brownies, Girl
Scout Juniors or Cub Scouts. One adult for
every 6 scouts is required and included in
the registration fee.
2115: Mar 14, Safari at Sunrise
2215: Apr 11, Chicken or the Egg
Age: 5-12 years
Time: A.M. session: 10:00 a.m.-noon;
P.M. session: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $18/scout, $10/additional adult.
TINY TYKE TIME
Ages: 18-36 months
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Fee: $100/6-week session each adult/child pair
Cub Scouts Wildlife Conservation
1135: Mar 7 (a.m.)
1145: Mar 7 (p.m.)
9125: Thursdays, Mar 5-Apr 9
9215: Wednesdays, Apr 15-May 20
Ages: 3-5 years
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $25 each adult/child pair, $10 for each
additional child 3-5 years
3185: Mar 3, Ducky See, Ducky Do
3215: Apr 7, Animals Down Undah
3225: Apr 23, Pride and Seek
3235: May 7, Lions
3245: May 14, Tigers
3255: May 21, …And Bears Oh My!
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
Kids will enjoy a fun-filled evening with zoo
staff inside Zoomazium while you enjoy a
night out on the town. Supervised activities
include games, an educational film, a live
animal encounter, plus pizza for dinner!
Ages: 4-11 years
Time: 5:30-10 p.m.
Fee: $30/child, $22 each additional sibling
4135: Saturday, Mar 14
4215: Friday, Apr 10
Girl Scout Brownies Bugs
1215: Apr 4 (a.m.)
1225: Apr 4 (p.m.)
Girl Scout Juniors Geocacher
1235: May 16 (a.m.)
1245: May 16 (p.m.)
Each class will include an educational
presentation and an activity before heading
on grounds for a short zoo tour.
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m., generally the first
Monday of every month
5135: Mar 4, Towering Giraffes
5215: Apr 1, A World of Penguins
5225: May 6, Malayan Tigers
SENIOR ZOO WALKERS
For individuals 55 and older, please see our
website for information at www.zoo.org/
Ages: 5-12 years
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon, generally the fourth
Sunday of every month
Fee: $55 per quarter plus a one-time $12
materials fee for new members
All Zoo Adventures include a pizza dinner
and an exclusive after hours look at the zoo!
Overnight Adventures also include a light
breakfast. Zoo Adventures are offered March
through mid-November. Program runs rain
or shine so come prepared for any weather.
Ages: 7 and up
Time: Overnight Adventures run
6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m.
Evening Adventures run 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Fee: Prices range from $38-58/person,
depending on program selected.
For more information and to register, visit
Email [email protected]
ADVENTURES FOR YOUR GROUP
OF 22 OR MORE
•A Zookeeper’s Life for Me!
•Stealthy Science: Research After Dark
•new Living Wild! is now offered with
the option of sleeping indoors
SCOUTS FOR ADVENTURE
Multiple dates are available for small
SPRING BREAK CAMP
To-Do list: find food, escape predators,
conserve energy, locate watering hole…so
much to do if you are a wild animal trying to
survive! Join us for an exciting look at the many
different survival strategies animals employ.
Camp at Woodland Park Zoo is a terrific blend of learning and fun!
See www.zoo.org/summercamp for camp schedule.
Age Requirements: Ages listed for each camp indicate the age the child must be before
the first day of camp.
Summer Camps are offered June 16-August 28. Camp may be offered the week of
August 31-September 4 depending on Seattle Public Schools’ schedule.
For the safety of the animals and participants, students will not have direct contact with
the zoo’s animals. Children are assigned to age-appropriate groups.
We cannot accommodate all “group with” requests.
Extended Day for all summer camps:
Mornings available Tuesday-Friday, 8:00-9:00 a.m. Fee per child: $28 Tuesday-Friday or $8/day
Afternoons available Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Fee per child: $50/week or $12/day
Zooper Day Camp
Children must be fully potty trained. North
and South End curricula are offered each
week throughout the summer
We offer two themes so campers can attend
one or two weeks of Zooper Day Camp.
Each curriculum is offered every other week.
North End: Children will be based in
the carousel party rooms and from there
explore animals of the Northern Trail,
Tropical Asia, Australia and more! Drop-off
and pick-up for these sessions take place at
the zoo’s old North Entrance.
MYSTERY ANIMAL: A new animal has
been discovered in the jungles of Argentina
and we need your help. Campers will work
together to decipher the daily updates from
our researchers in the field and classify the
animal based on its strange characteristics.
South End: Children will discover the
wonders of the African Savanna, Tropical
Rain Forest and other exhibits on the
southern half of the zoo. Drop-off and
pick-up for these sessions take place at the
Education Center entrance near the zoo’s
MY ULTIMATE ZOO: Ever wanted to
work at a zoo? Campers will get the inside scoop
on what it takes to design, build and maintain a
zoo through activities and games inspired by the
board game, Zooreka, by Cranium.
Ages: 3-4 years
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Ages: 4-5 years
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Afternoon Extended Day is available.
Ages: 4-6 years
Ages: 4-6 years
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon or 1:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Ages: 5-9 years
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Discoveries Day Camp
Offered in partnership with Seattle Children’s
Theatre Drama School, Discoveries Day
camp offers a blend of theatrical and
Registration For Discoveries Day Camps
is through Seattle Children’s Theatre and
begins Feb. 9, 2015.
To register, call 206.443.0807 Ext. 1186 or
go to www.sct.org/School/Classes.
MAGIZOOLOGY: Together we will
embark on adventures to feed dragons, keep
disappearing creatures in their exhibits, and
build a new home for a baby chimera at our
I SPY: As a secret agent, you will use your
detective skills to track down a culprit and
solve a mystery of the animal kingdom!
Ages: 5-7 years
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Fee before June 1: $310
Fee after June 1: $335
Zoo University (Zoo U)
10 to 14 year olds study more advanced
subjects while playing topic-based games
and making new friends at the zoo. Group
age offerings vary by week. Each curriculum is
offered weekly, depending on students’ age.
EXHIBIT DESIGN: Discover the many
facets of creating and maintaining zoo
exhibits to meet animal needs. Students
will learn about exhibit design and work in
teams to design their own 3-D exhibits
based on the needs of the animals,
keepers and visitors.
WILD ECOSYSTEMS: Climate change
is only one of the many forces affecting our
global biomes. Get wild this summer with
creative ideas on how to conserve the earth’s
ecosystems for ourselves and the animals
Ages: 10-14 years
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
6125: Apr 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Ages: 5-9 years
For full schedule and to register, see zoo.org/summercamp • 206.548.2424
SPRING 2015 CLASSES AND CAMPS
Designed for parents/caregivers to attend
with their children.
Summer 2015 Camps
6223: Apr 13-17, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Animal Affecti ns…
People show their love with
chocolates, hugs and kisses, songs or
flowers, but animals have their own
special way of showing each other
they care. Use the clues below to
complete the crossword puzzle.
Cut out the figures and items to create your own zookeeper paper dolls!
1 Bees do this to tell others
where to find the hive
2 These apes groom each other
to bond and show affection
3 Ocelots make this sound
when they are comfortable
4 Snow leopards do this with
their furry heads
5 Owls have been known to
do this on dates
6 These colorful love birds
rub their beaks together
7 Penguins touch beaks
two love t these
holding f irds
1. dance, 2. orangutans,
3. purr, 4. nuzzle, 5. cuddle,
6. parrots, 7. kiss
Meet ZooKeeper Alyssa!
Alyssa Borek is one of the zoo’s lead keepers at Day Exhibit.
What is your favorite animal?
What was your favorite subject in school?
Amphibians are my favorite group of animals, but I would be
hard pressed to pick just one! Of the species in our collection,
the Chinese flying frogs are my favorite.They are large frogs,
with amazing adaptations that allow them to live high in the
tree canopy and glide from branch to branch.
Science classes were always my favorite. I loved any class
with a lab component. I find it much easier to learn by
doing rather than sitting in a lecture hall.
What made you want to become a zookeeper?
I have always loved animals, and have worked with domestic
animals for many years. Once I began volunteering in a zoo,
I was hooked and knew that being a zookeeper was the
perfect job for me!
Zookeepers must dress the part to ensure safety and comfort on the job. Match
Morgan and Chad with items that will help them care for the animals at the zoo.
What is the best part of your job?
There are so many amazing aspects of my job! Not only
do I get to work with amazing animals every day, I am
also able to participate in the zoo’s Oregon spotted frog
and western pond turtle conservation programs. The work
we do in the zoo has a global impact and I love being
able to help endangered wildlife!
Morgan works at the African
Savanna exhibit. She spends most
of her day outdoors, cleaning and
setting out enrichment for the lions
and the hippos.
Chad works with snakes and
amphibians in the Day Exhibit.
Temperatures in the day exhibit are
hot! Chad needs protective gear for
working around the venomous snakes.
Animal Pal Valentines
Follow the colors to match each Valentine pal with their special Valentine’s wish.
t soft and warm? Is your n
est dr y
? Is your nest hidd
You’re my main squeeze!
I want to hang with you!
I love you beary much!
You make me hoot!
• Strips from old napkins
• Soft things you can find in
your house: string, ribbon
or shredded fabric
• Small sticks or twigs
from your yard
You are my tweet heart!
You can use the nest to hold a collection of your favorite
rocks or shells from Zoomazium’s Nature Exchange!
step by step
1. Cover your upside down bowl with plastic wrap
• Craft glue
2. Use glue to stick the materials to the bowl and pat them down
• Bowl for nest mold
3. Cover the entire bowl, and then let it dry for 24 hours
• Plastic wrap to protect bowl
4. Flip it over, remove the bowl and fill the nest with soft materials
A tawny frogmouth family
is a sure sign of spring —
at least in Australia!
The chicks will stick close to mum and dad
while they are still small. Parents take turns
finding moths, spiders, worms, slugs and snails
to feed the babies.When they grow bigger,
the young birds will eat mice and lizards.
Springtime in Australia is September – November
When is springtime at your house?
nis Dow, Jo
GUESS WHO AT THE ZOO
Roses are red
I’m a pretty blue
A tiny animal
Who lives at the zoo
I’m not very loud
I have no hair
If I am startled
I’ll leap through the air!
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My home is a jungle
A warm, wet space
Lots of flowers
All over the place!
My neighbors are toucans,
Tanagers, and ocelots.
Sometimes people say
I have beautiful spots!
In a very leafy home
I live with others
But most of them
Are different colors…
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WOODLAND PARK ZOO 5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98103
Hop, skip and jump to the
14TH annual Bunny Bounce
SATURDAY, April 4
9:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Fun for the whole family including egg
hunts for kids, treats for the animals, and
eggs-citing activities throughout the day. Visit www.zoo.org/bunnybounce
for information and tickets.
Bunny Bounce is free with regular zoo admission or membership.