A soccer ball kicking exhibition will take place at Woodland Park Zoo as animal residents – a new Sicilian miniature donkey named Rico, a juvenile frisky lion, grizzly bear brothers, a pack of wolves and a snow leopard – play with Seattle Sounders FC soccer balls in a “wild” rally for the team’s run for the MLS Cup playoffs.
Rico, a 4-year-old male donkey, is the latest addition to the zoo’s Family Farm and is impressing zoo staff with his soccer playing skills.
Sounders FC will play at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, October 29. The return leg will be played on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, November 2.
Soccer balls for the animals are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors.
Seattle Sounders FC executives served as co-chairs of the zoo’s 35th annual Jungle Party held in July and helped raise $1.5 million to support the zoo’s excellent animal care, inspiring education programs and field conservation projects around the globe and in Washington state.