Mission: Woodland park zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care, and act.
Programs: Animal care: the professional staff at the zoo manages more than 1,000 animals, representing over 300 species, of which 35 are endangered and 5 threatened. The zoo's scientific nutrition programs, animal husbandry and behavioral enrichment ensure all animals on the grounds thrive. Together, the animal care staff including curators, veterinarians and keepers, have more than 1,000 years of combined experience in their fields.
grounds and facilities: in 2014 we spent $3. 5 million of donor contributions received in prior years on construction of a large new exhibit area, banyan wilds. This resulted in a large net decrease in net assets, showing as an excess of expenses over revenues. Staff offices were relocated and park improvements were made as well. A temporary exhibit was created for two cheetahs, providing the summer 2014 attraction. We expanded our holiday lights event and made various major maintenance upgrades. The grounds and maintenance staff is responsible for our 92 acre community asset, including daily upkeep, major maintenance and repairs, construction of new facilities, horticulture and signage. In addition to the zoo, staff maintains the historical rose garden and two neighborhood parks.
conservation and education: the zoo participates in 36 field conservation projects taking place in the pacific northwest and around the world, including grant funding to expand the tree kangaroo conservation program operating in papua new guinea. Conservation efforts on zoo grounds include participation in species survival plans and re-introduction programs. The zoo is a key component of informal, science-based learning in which many children have their initial experience with nature. Public programs bring students to the zoo from schools througout king county and support visits from students and staff whose schools meet low-income requirements. Additional programs reach out to students state-wide. Key messages focus on preservation of species and habitat.
other programs include our membership program and visitor services (including security), marketing and promotions, creative efforts behind signage.
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.