The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it. Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo To enter for a chance to […]
Determined to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the animals of the Woodland Park Zoo, a crowd of hearty Washingtonians scoffed at the wind and rain last Saturday to watch animals share Valentine’s Day-themed treats like heart-shaped boxes filled with fruit, heart-shaped fruit wreaths and heart-shaped ice pops.
The annual event is what’s called “thematic enrichment,” according to zoo spokesperson Gigi Allianic. “Enrichment is the process of creating a challenging environment to address an animal’s social, psychological and physical needs,” Allianic said. She added that such events contribute to successful breeding of endangered species in captivity and connecting zoo visitors to the animals. “It’s an opportunity for visitors to learn about behavioral enrichment,” Allianic said.
Allianic said themed events are not only a great way for visitors to learn about the zoo’s animals, but is also an important part of caring for the animals. “It reinforces natural behavior such as exploring and foraging and is a part of the daily care program,” Allianic said.
While Valentine’s Day at the zoo is a hit with heart-shaped treats being fed to the animals, Allianic said it’s not the only event that draws a crowd. The zoo offers other events on Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Woodland Park Zoo is planning to close the Nocturnal House exhibit for budget reasons and a group of citizens is banding together to try to keep it open. Even though the zoo had near-record attendance in 2009, it’s still struggling with the economy. “For 2010, we needed long-term solutions that match our income with […]
A second penguin has died at the new Humboldt Penguin exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo. According to a press release sent out today, 21-year-old “Burkles” died Tuesday night from complications related to a possible case of avian malaria. The bird had been undergoing intensive treatment, including a blood transfusion, since the onset of the […]
One of the Humboldt Penguins has died at the Woodland Park Zoo. The zoo’s press release says that the penguin died after ingesting a sealant material used in the exhibit’s pool. According to the release, zoo staff removed the source of the material after an exhaustive search. Staff continues to look for loose pieces of […]
Those penguins that have been “marching” around Seattle are going to be auctioned off. The 30 penguins, including the “Dorothy Parker Penguin” that Laura Bee Designs created, have been migrating through north Seattle for more than two months. This Friday during the monthly Art Up Greenwood-Phinney art walk, the Greenwood Collective (8537 Greenwood Ave N, […]
This is a warm fuzzy story for the weekend. The snow leopard cubs that were born at the Woodland Park Zoo just got their six-week checkup. The zoo says the 7-pound boy and 6-pound girl (above) are playing, growing and starting to eat solid foods. Zookeepers say their favorite game right now is playing with […]
The zoo isn’t really in Ballard, but this picture is too cute not to post. This is a proud papa of the 20-day old tawny frogmouth chick (in the background) that hatched on June 4th at Woodland Park Zoo. Right now the chick weighs 5.9 ounces and zookeepers say that both parents are doing a […]
The colorful, creative and bedazzled penguins start their march today toward the Woodland Park Zoo. Back in April the zoo did a “call for artists” to dress up 22-inch fabricated penguins in honor of the new Humboldt Penguin exhibit. Today, more than 50 penguins will start migrating from the Seattle Center through Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood […]
A 12-year-old monkey named “Ritkus” escaped its exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo this morning, forcing the zoo into lockdown. It was tranquilized a short time later. PhinneyWood has all the details.
A few stories from our neighbors to the east, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood… Tully’s Coffee on Greenwood and 85th has closed Endangered (and cute) turtles get head start at zoo Fire Station 21 plans to expand to two stories
Woodland Park Zoo staff euthanized T.C., a 14-year-old male patas monkey, following a “sudden and severe decline in health due to congestive heart failure.” Patas monkeys can live 15 to 20 years in the wild and more than 20 years in zoos. “The degree of heart failure was severe and the quality of this monkey’s […]