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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


NOVEMBER 17, 2011

Elephant to predict winner of the Apple Cup Husky and Cougar fans get half off zoo admission, Nov. 21-27


Media Contacts:
Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |


For the second year in a row, Woodland Park Zoo’s female Asian elephant Chai will predict the winner of the rivalry Apple Cup. Elephant-sized papier mache apples and football-shaped ice treats representing crimson and gray and purple and gold will be placed in the elephant exhibit for the 32-year-old elephant to make her pick. Fans are invited to cheer Chai on for their favorite team.

Last year Chai accurately predicted the Huskies to take the game, making her forecasting record for the Apple Cup 1-0. Click here for last year’s video:

The pachyderm prediction is a part of the zoo’s Apple Cup celebration and admission discount. From Nov. 21 through Nov. 27, Husky and Cougar fans can receive half off zoo admission by sporting any garb from University of Washington or Washington State University, such as a jersey, sweatshirt, hat or gloves, or showing a valid student ID from either university. The admission discount applies only to the child or adult wearing the university sportswear and is not to be combined with other discounts or promotions.


Chai’s Apple Cup pick photo op: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 11:00 a.m. Apple Cup zoo admission discount: Monday, Nov. 21 through Sunday, Nov. 27.


Photo op: Meet PR staff at the West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. Park in the inner north lot off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. where offices are located. The prediction will take place at the elephant pool of the Elephant Forest. If late, proceed to the pool


Female Asian elephant Chai, 32 years old


Take 50% off regular zoo admission by wearing apparel from UW or Wazzu, or presenting a valid student ID: 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.  

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

For more information or to become a zoo member, visit or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY),

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