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Woodland Park Zoological Society

Rating: 3.67 stars   3 reviews 803


601 N 59th St Seattle WA 98103 USA


Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.


Woodland Park Zoo is much more than just recreation. We strive to be a leader in protecting wildlife, preserving the rich, diverse habitats they live in, educating the public, and inspiring them to act in saving the plants, animals and wild places we all cherish. Another important role for Woodland Park Zoo is inspiring conservation action among its visitors and the community. Through informative public programs, keeper talks, feeding demonstrations, lectures, and interactive classes and camps, the zoo commits itself to creating an atmosphere that entertains and educates everyone, from preschooler to senior citizen, inspiring them to make a change in their personal lives to help animals. The zoo serves as a vital resource for tens of thousands of students and teachers across the state each year. We educate more than 100,000 students, teachers and educators in school groups and teacher trainings, and over 250,000 visitors in its formal public programs. Fee-based classes and camps also attracted children and family participants; with activities including the Zoo Overnights/Evenings program, Forest Explorers (2nd graders) and SOAR (Save Our Amazing Raptors for K-12). Middle school students in all of Washington's 39 counties became wiser the "wild" way through the zoo's award-winning outreach program, Wild Wise, reaching 5,000 in Seattle alone. Currently, the zoo supports 38 conservation projects in 50 countries around the globe. These wildlife projects include some of the smallest life forms from the endangered Oregon silverspot butterfly to the largest mammals on land, the African elephant. From Washington state, China and Papua New Guinea to Brazil and Madagascar, the zoo partners with wildlife agencies and conservation organizations and, most important, with local communities by providing financial support and manpower toward field conservation. Involvement is through public education, scientific research and technology development, professional training and support of protected areas.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Woodland Park Zoo sets the highest of standards for animal care, educates thousands of community members each year contributes millions towards conservation efforts in the wild, both through in-kind contributions of expertise and through direct funding. This zoo, along with other zoos, has unfortunately become the target of a small group of vocal animal rights extremists. Those doing research about Woodland Park Zoo are encouraged to visit the zoo and make up your own mind.

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Woodland Park Zoo has been crticized for its elephant program over the past 7 years. The space is too small, the elephants all display neurotic stereotypical behaviors, the climate forces the elephants to be locked up for an inhumane amount of time, the elephants are incompatible. Please give to organizations that truly help elephants in the wild. http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019809167_elephants02m.html

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Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle works to save animals and their habitat in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The Zoo community is made up of talented and dedicated management, staff and volunteers who encorage vistors and those they reach trhough award winning conservation and education programs to learn, care and act. Woodland Park Zoo is a community and regional treasure that is also a leader in field conservation programs across the globe. Where else can over a million visitors a year learn to care about animals and the habitat they need, learn to love what nature offers and learn to take action to preserve the natural world. Your conservation dollars will go very far at the Woodland Park Zoo.

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