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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


June 15, 2012


Got a mohawk? Get free admission to the zoo in honor of warty pigs!

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |

In honor of Woodland Park Zoo’s new Visayan warty pigs, get free admission with a mohawk cut on Father’s Day, June 17. Or get a mohawk or buzz cut from Rudy’s Barbershop 10 am-noon outside the zoo’s West Entrance

Photo Credit: Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo


Show up at Woodland Park Zoo sporting a mohawk and get free admission on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. Mohawk Day honors the zoo’s new rare and endangered Visayan (vih-SIGH-uhn) warty pigs, which boast spiky head tufts that make them the punk rockers of the pig world.

Don’t have a mohawk? From 10:00 a.m.-noon on June 17, Rudy’s Barbershop will have volunteer clipper experts on site cutting free mohawks, or buzz cuts upon request, for warty pig enthusiasts. Rudy’s haircuts at the zoo also will guarantee free admission to the zoo.

A few local favorites will ably assist Rudy’s stylists including: Caspar Babypants, known to many as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and songwriter for The Presidents of the United States of America; Sheri Hauser, local arts diva and proprietor of Tasty Delectable Collectibles in Seattle’s Phinneywood neighborhood; and Martin Ramirez, a mammal curator at the zoo and an expert on warty pigs.

Plan to show up early. Rudy’s stylists can only shave so many heads in two hours, even with assistants. It will be first-come, first-served. Electric shears will be unplugged promptly at noon. Rudy’s has been part of the community for 19 years, offering expert haircuts and styles at seven barber shops in the Seattle area.


Mohawk cuts by Rudy’s Barbershop: Sunday, June 17, 10:00 a.m.-noon, Woodland Park Zoo’s West Entrance Bank of America Commons at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. 


Admission is free all day on June 17 to guests with a mohawk or guests getting a mohawk or buzz cut at the zoo from 10:00 a.m.-noon.

Admission through September 30: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"7.75; Child (3-12) id="mce_marker"1.50; Toddler (0-2) Free. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with disabilities receive a discount and 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 hours May 1-Sept. 30: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. For more information and how to become a zoo member, visit Or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY).


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