EXPLORE OUR EXHIBITS

Woodland Park Zoo's 92 acres are divided into bioclimatic zones, featuring different natural habitats ranging from humid tropical rain forests and coastal deserts to temperate rain forests like those of the Pacific Northwest.

Discover the amazing animals and experiences that await you when you explore our award-winning exhibits:

African Savanna

Australasia

Penguin exhibit

Bug World

Tropical Asia

Willawong Station

Zoomazium

Family Farm and Animal Contact Area

 

Raptor Center

Historic Carousel

Tropical Rain Forest

Northern Trail

Day Exhibit

Temperate Forest

 

 

African Savanna and African Village

African Savanna

African Savanna
The vast grasslands of East Africa support huge varieties of animals, from predators such as lions, to large herbivores including giraffe, hippos, Grant's gazelles, fringe-eared oryx, ostriches, zebras and patas monkeys. Our African Savanna exhibit showcases these remarkable species that exist on these shrinking wild grasslands. 

African Village
The people of rural East Africa co-exist every day with the animals of the savanna. In tiny communities across the grasslands, a number of groups live directly off the land, sometimes in competition with, but mostly in harmony with the wild animals around them. We pay tribute to the people whose lives are intrinsically tied to the habitat and animals around them at African Village, a faithful reproduction of a modern rural village of East Africa, perched on the edge of our award-winning African Savanna exhibit.

Hippo Giraffe Lion

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Tropical Asia

Asian elephant

The dense tropical forests of Asia hold some of the world's most endangered species including Asian elephants, orangutans, Malayan tapirs and more. Our Tropical Asia zone features two areas: the award-winning Elephant Forest featuring elephants and Visayan warty pigs, and Trail of Vines featuring orangutans, siamangs and 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.

Phase one of the Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit complex opened May 2013, featuring Asian small-clawed otters, a tropical aviary and a nature play space for kids. The second and final phase of the exhibit project will transform the zoo's 60-year-old tiger and sloth bear exhibits with an extreme makeover.

Malayan tapir Orangutan Visayan warty pig

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Raptor Center

Raptor Flight Demonstration

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.

Turkey vulture Golden eagle Barn owl

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Northern Trail

Wolf

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, river otters, arctic foxes, snowy owls, mountain goats, and Steller's sea 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.

 

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Australasia

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 wallabies and wallaroos (both kangaroo species), the raucous kookaburra, and stately emus. Also within this zone is Willawong Station, an Outback post featuring small parrot species of Australia that you can feed right from your hand.

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Willawong Station

May 1-September 30
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

October 1 - April 30
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Flock to Willawong Station - the bird feeding experience at Woodland Park Zoo. Be surrounded by small parrot species from Australia in this interactive exhibit. You can even purchase a seedstick and everyone in the family can feed these feathered friends. Learn how you can help wild bird species in your very own backyard. 

Feeding opportunities
$1.00 each seedstick, cash only 
May 1 - September 30: daily
October 1 - April 30: weekends, holidays and school breaks

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Historic Carousel 

May 1 - September 30:
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
October 1 - April 30:
Weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Weekends & Holidays,  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A treasured moment in a child's life is to a ride on a carousel and be transported back to another time. A ride on this special, hand-crafted, 1918-vintage carousel is like no other! Fun for the entire family and proceeds help benefit the zoo's animal care and general operations. 

$2.00 per ride. 

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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. The Day Exhibit also features the Matschie's tree kangaroo, an ambassador for Woodland Park Zoo's flagship field conservation program, the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program working to protect wildlife and habitat in Papua New Guinea. 

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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.  

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Zoomazium

May 1 - September 30:
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
October 1 - April 30 
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

Zoomazium is Woodland Park Zoo's nature-themed playspace especially for ages toddler through 8 years. Kids can climb a mountain, scale a giant tree, meet  fascinating animals, and enjoy special presentations and performances making Zoomazium a fun and exciting indoor space for exploration and discovery. Zoomazium also features Nature Exchange, where young nature explorers can learn about nature and even exchange their finds for a host of interesting natural artifacts. Zoomazium is an award-winning Gold-certified LEED environmental building.

Photo by Ryan Hawk/WPZ Zoomazium Cave

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Tropical Rain Forest

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 including red ruffed lemurs, gorillas, 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.

lemur with wreath

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Temperate Forest

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, Asian cranes and Chilean flamingos, as well as animals more familiar to us here including wetland waterfowl in the Temperate Wetlands area. Also in this zone, our amazing Bug World hosts the smaller life that crawls around us as well as the popular Family Farm exhibit with mini-cows, sheep, chickens and goats.

pudu

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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 beetles, hairy tarantulas, stinging scorpions and a host of other creatures and learn about their life cycles and how they contribute to help other animals, including us, survive.

Bug World

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Family Farm and Animal Contact Area

Contact Area hours
May 1- September 30: open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
October 1-April 30: closed

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. 

Family Farm

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