WOODLAND PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY Overview
Programs: 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.