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Zoo Experiences: May 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017

Programs are free with zoo admission, except as noted. Locations of programs are posted at the zoo’s South and West Entrances. All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or animal availability.

See notices on exhibit construction and viewing updates

NOTE: Tuesday, July 25th - The Northern half of the Zoo will close at 5:00 p.m. including Willawong Aviary and Carousel.


Daily Activities

* Denotes fee-based program

Carousel at Woodland Park Zoo

Ride the Historic Carousel*

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., daily (Carousel closes early for events)

$2 a ride in addition to zoo admission

Enjoy rides on the classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses.

Willawong Station bird feeding

Willawong Station Bird Feeding

Location:Willawong Station
9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. daily

Entry to Willawong Station is free with zoo admission.
*Seed sticks: $2 each, cash only at the exhibit. Punch cards available at West and South Entrances: $10.00 for 6 sticks.

This popular walk-through bird feeding experience transports you to the world of the Australian grasslands habitat. Willawong Station is a fun opportunity for the whole family to get up close and feed birds in a controlled, safe environment while learning about responsible care for birds both in the wild and at home. The aviary includes approximately 100 free-flying birds, primarily small colorful Australian parrots. Entrance free with zoo admission.

Raptor Staff Talk

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden &
Microsoft Pollinator Patio

Location: Butterfly Garden
9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. daily

Take a walk among a variety of North American butterfly species in the zoo’s immersive Molbak’s Butterfly Garden exhibit.  Visitors will learn about the butterfly’s life cycle while watching new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises before flying free in the garden.

Behind the Garden is the new Microsoft Pollinator Patio, where visitors can enjoy a beautiful stroll among pollinator-friendly plants while learning how to help pollinators in their own backyard.  Before leaving, visitors can also take a sneak peek at the zoo’s Silverspot Butterfly Lab.

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Pollinator Patio are free with zoo admission.

Family Farm Contact Area

Giraffe Up-close Experience*

Location: Giraffe Platform
10:00–11:00 a.m. & 3:00–4:00 p.m. daily except Tuesdays
The Giraffe Experience is cancelled until further notice while Tufani and the baby bond and spend time with the rest of the herd.

Meet Woodland Park Zoo’s giraffes up close on a raised platform in the African Savanna, hear from giraffe keepers about how they care for the zoo’s tallest residents and how you are saving wild giraffes by visiting the zoo and participating in this activity. Photography encouraged.

Cost: $5 per person, cash only; children 5 and under free with paying adult.

Family Farm Contact Area

Family Farm Contact Area

Location: Family Farm
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily

Is a goat soft? How does a sheep want to be touched? Pet some domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm. Free with zoo admission.


Tiger Gate Experience

Location: Banyan Wilds
11:00 a.m. daily except Tuesdays

How do keepers safely work with big, powerful animals? How do you get tigers to move over? Check their teeth and belly? Training is fun for animals and keepers alike and keeps them both safe and healthy—come and see how it works!

Keeper Talk

Keeper Talk

Location: Varies (see kiosk at zoo entry)
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. daily

Zookeepers provide exceptional care to all of the animals at the zoo, making sure they have everything they need to be healthy and happy. They also help save animals in the wild. Which zookeepers can you meet? See signage at either zoo entrance for daily locations.


11:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m.





Maned Wolf

Colobus Monkey





Red Panda

Ring-tailed Lemur


Asian Small Clawed Otter

Colobus Monkey


Komodo Dragon

Red Ruffed Lemur



Warty Pig

Baby Gorilla Yola and Family

Location: Tropical Rain Forest, Gorilla exhibit
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., daily, weather dependent

Visit Yola and family: mom Nadiri, silverback Leo and playmate Akenji. Use #GrowWithYola to share your photos and stories to help us build the ultimate digital scrapbook together.

Raptor Staff Talk

Ambassador Animals Program:

Friends by Nature

Location: Alvord Broadleaf Theater
11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. daily

Since opening the Alvord Broadleaf Theater last summer, several new animals have joined Woodland Park Zoo’s Ambassador Animals.  Learn how Woodland Park Zoo works hard to create a great home for the animals here at the zoo and what visitors can do to help wildlife in their own backyard! Stop by the stage behind Zoomazium and meet some of the zoo’s Friends by Nature.

Raptor Staff Talk

Ambassador Animals Program:

Earn Your Wings

Location: Wildlife Theater
11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. daily

A newcomer wants to join the raptor flight program. The problem? She doesn’t fly! Visit the newly renovated Wildlife Theater (formerly raptor flight yard) for the new program, Earn Your Wings. Watch birds such as hawks, owls and vultures fly closely overhead while learning about their natural history and conservation status. As for the newcomer, watch as she runs right by—will she earn her wings?  

Shake Rattle and Roar

Sloth Bear Snack

Location: Banyan Wilds
1:00 p.m., daily except Thursdays

Sloth bears love to eat insects, and they have a unique way of catching them—they suck the bugs out of their nest! How strong is that suction? Come and find out!


Appropriate for ages 0-8 years and their caregivers



9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., daily

Kids 8 and under and their caregivers love Zoomazium! The indoor, nature play space offers adventure and learning in a fun, safe and stimulating environment all year long. Here, kids can connect with animals and habitats through the natural language of childhood—play! Crawl through a hidden cave. Climb a giant strangler fig tree. Enjoy daily programs for toddlers and older children. Free with zoo admission.

Creature Feature

Creature Feature

10:30 a.m., daily

Help our puppets tell a fun animal story! Who’s hatching out of that egg? Which animal friends get together to share breakfast? What animal wants to swap scales for feathers or fur? At the end of the story, meet a real, live zoo animal! 

Nature Exchange

Shake, Rattle and Roar

11:30 a.m., daily

Join a toddler dance party with fun animal music and shakers of all kinds. 

Additional Zoo Experiences

Zoomazium Puppet Show

Geocache at the Zoo?

Join the Global Scavenger Hunt here at the zoo! Can you find our three geocaches? Go to to learn more and start caching today!

NEW! Premium Animal Tours

Experience an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour! See animals up close, participate in interactive sessions, talk with experienced animal staff and more.  Please allow at least two weeks notice to book tours. No tours on holidays.

Premium Animal Tours (pdf)

Woodland Park Zoo mobile app

Take a Mobile Tour

Download the free zoo app to access mobile tours and explore the zoo in a whole new way—from rainy day recommendations to hidden features in your favorite exhibit. Look for the “Tours” feature in the Maps section of the WPZ app.

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