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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


November 4, 2011

Turkey Toss the Zoo’s Carnivores to Turkey

Media Contacts:
Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |


With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Woodland Park Zoo’s carnivores are getting their palates ready to feast on turkey at Turkey Toss. Komodo dragons, snow leopards, grizzlies and, yes, a turkey vulture, will chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys.

The special turkey treat is part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. The activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors.


Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Jaguar, 10:00 a.m.
Snow leopards, 10:00 a.m.
Lions, 10:30 a.m.
Arctic foxes, 11:00 a.m.
Ocelots, 11:00 a.m.
Wolves, 11:30 a.m.
Lemurs, 11:30 a.m.
Turkey vulture, 1:00 p.m.
Grizzly bears, 1:00 p.m.
Pigs, 1:30 p.m.
Komodo dragons, 2:00 p.m.
Golden lion tamarin monkeys, 2:00 p.m.
Tigers, 2:00 p.m.


Enter Woodland Park Zoo through the West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.


Turkey Toss is free with zoo admission. Admission: Adult (13-64) $11.50; Child (3-12) $8.50; Toddler (0-2) free. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round.

Parking: $5.25. Parking is limited. Consider taking the bus, biking, walking or carpooling. For bus service to the zoo, visit:


Zoo fall/winter hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily.

For a complete map of indoor exhibits and covered areas, ask for a Rainy Day Tour map at the gates or visit

Stay tuned for Winter Celebration coming December 19-21 and 26-28 when the zoo’s animals will enjoy the holidays with fish- or fruit-trimmed wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, or favorite snacks hidden in wrapped boxes.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting international standards for zoos in animal care, conservation and education programs. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats in Washington state and in 50 countries around the world. By inspiring people to care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future. For more information, visit