Humboldt Penguin Exhibit: Most people think of snow and ice when they think of penguins, but our penguins are from the hot, arid coastal regions of Peru! Humboldt penguins live along the rocky coasts and we've mimicked this environment in our new exhibit which features incredible underwater viewing. It is also the first sustainable penguin exhibit with geothermal warming and cooling of water and eco-friendly water filtering systems. Watch up-close as the birds frolic just inches away.
Willowong Station: Flock to Willawong Station - the bird feeding experience at Woodland Park Zoo. Be surrounded by small parrot species from Australia in like the Cockatiel in this interactive exhibit. You can even purchase a seed stick and everyone in the family can feed these feathered friends. Learn how you can help wild bird species in your very own backyard.
Tropical Rain Forest Zone: Explore the habitats of the Tropical Rain Forest. Tropical rain forests ring the middle of the planet and host an enormous diversity of plant and animal life. Our Tropical Rain Forest zone mimics the forests of both South America and Africa with outdoor exhibits featuring Red ruffed lemurs, Western lowland gorillas, Black-and-white colobus monkeys, and Jaguars and an indoor Tropical Rain Forest dome including South American birds, Ocelots, snakes, poison dart frogs, and many other fascinating animals.
African Savanna Exhibit: The vast grasslands of East Africa support huge varieties of animals, from predators such as African lions and African wild dogs, to large herbivores including Reticulated giraffe, hippos, Grant's gazelles, Fringe-eared oryx, Ostriches, Plains zebras and Patas monkeys. The zoo's African Savanna exhibit showcases these remarkable species that exist on these shrinking wild grasslands. Included is the unique opportunity to feed giraffes on a platform on the north edge of the exhibit
Raptor Center: Raptors are some of the fastest animals on the planet, with species such as peregrine falcons reaching dives approaching 140 mph! They are also some of the most talented hunters featuring keen eyesight and brainpower. See a host of different raptor species from hawks to owls and vultures at our Raptor Center. From May 1 through September 30, daily raptor flight demonstrations are given with keepers presenting fascinating details and showcasing the adept skills of raptors as they fly right over head.
Bug World: Whether they creep, crawl, fly (or all three!) Bug World contains a fascinating array of the often overlooked life that teems around us. See colorful Flower beetles, hairy Goliath birdeater tarantulas, stinging Desert hairy scorpions, Brazilian cockroach, Darkling beetle, Giant thorny phasmid, Sowbub, Orb weaving spider, American cockroach, Widow spider, Green lynx spider, Waterbug, Sunburst diving beetle, White-eyed assassin bug, African flower beetle, Golden orb weaver spider, Peruvian firesticks, Jumping sticks, Dampwood termites, Red swamp crayfish, and a host of other creatures and learn about their life cycles and how they contribute to help other animals, including us, survive.
Day Exhibit: Discover the amazing world of reptiles and amphibians. Learn how varied these animals are, from Gila monsters to King cobras, and the incredible adaptations they exhibit to live in a variety of habitats including deserts and humid tropical forests.
Family Farm and Animal Contact Area: Learn about the role farms play in our daily lives and see some of the animals common to a barnyard setting, from cows to donkeys, chickens, goats, sheep and pigs. During our summer hours, you can even get the opportunity to touch a gentle sheep or goat.
Northern Trail: Explore the rugged terrain of the Northern Trail. Mimicking the habitat of Alaska's tundra and taiga region, the Northern Trail features the animals that make this area their home including Brown bears, Roosevelt elk, North American river otters, Arctic foxes, Gray wolves, Snowy owls, Mountain goats, and Northern bald eagles. Northern Trail includes the Taiga Viewing Shelter, an indoor viewing area where you see river otters swim playfully underwater and bears hunt for trout. Also check out the Tundra Center, with its beautiful 70-foot long curving mural depicting the Alaskan tundra and special video about the native people who share their habitat.
Temperate Forest Zone: Temperate forests, such as those found here in the Pacific Northwest, are some of the most vast remaining intact habitats on the planet. Despite the cooler temperatures, an abundantly diverse amount of life teems in these forests. Our Temperate Forest zone features Red pandas, Red-crowned cranes and Chilean flamingos, as well as animals more familiar to us here including wetland waterfowl in the Temperate Wetlands area.
Australasia Zone: Australasia encompasses the wide swath of Pacific Ocean area that includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the thousands of islands of the South Pacific. The animals that inhabit this area are both familiar and strange to many with pouched mammals including Red-necked wallabies and Hillwallaroos, the raucous Laughing kookaburra, and Emus.
Tropical Asia Zone: The dense tropical forests of Asia hold some of the world's most endangered species including Indian and East African Bush elephants, orangutans, Malayan tapirs and more. Our Tropical Asia zone features two areas: the award-winning Elephant Forest and Trail of Vines featuring Orangutans (hybrid), Siamangs and Malayan tapirs. This unique part of the world has some of the most densely human populated cities as well as the last vestiges of wild habitats—a balancing act that is increasingly putting animals on the brink of extinction. See the amazing animals from Asia and discover how you can help protect them.