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Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day

Saturday, April 8, 2017  |  9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Your visit helps Woodland Park Zoo support African wildlife conservation projects dedicated to lions, giraffes, critically endangered gorillas and more!

Savanna Cam


Celebrate African wildlife and the conservation projects working to protect them during Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Safari: African Wildlife Conservation Day. Hosted by the zoo, this full day of activities focuses on migration patterns of African animals, educational keeper talks, and special enrichment sessions to heighten awareness about issues such as illegal poaching and habitat loss, and how your choices and actions can help save giraffe, lions, gorillas and other critical African animals.

Kick off the day with a fun, educational Migration March around the African Savanna trail at the zoo. Kids participating in the march will have the opportunity to choose their migration animal as well as make various stops at migration stations to learn about the migration patterns of African animals. Each migration station will require kids to use their skills and senses to find food, water and a migration buddy.

The Migration March will kick off with three official starts at 9:35, 10:00 and 10:30 a.m., and start at the African Village school house. Visitors are welcome to partake in the Migration March anytime throughout Spring Safari, even after the official starts have occurred. The migration stations will remain open to visitors all day. Registration is not required for the Migration March.

Spring Safari will also feature keeper talks and enrichment for some of the zoo’s African animals as well as kids’ crafts, coloring activities and upapi (Swahili for “beading”). Visitors who partake in upapi will have the opportunity to learn how beading has strong cultural ties in Africa and its significance to indigenous peoples, and make their own beaded bracelet!

Remember to stop by the Rain Forest Food Pavilion to enjoy food specially prepared for Spring Safari!

Schedule of Activities

9:35     Migration March, official start (1) - African Village school house
10:00   Migration March, official start (2) - African Village school house
10:00   Lion feed (carcass) - Lion Exhibit (viewing shelter)
10:30   Migration March, official start (3) - African Village school house
11:30   Hippo talk with enrichment - Hippo Exhibit
12:30   Gorilla talk with zookeeper - East Gorilla exhibit
1:00     Lion talk with zookeeper - Lion Exhibit (viewing shelter)
3:00     Gorilla talk with zookeeper - East Gorilla exhibit

Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor, nature play space, will feature themed programming for younger kids including an African-inspired story and animal guest at Creature Feature (10:30 a.m.) and a toddler dance party featuring music from African and other global beats at Shake, Rattle and Roar (11:30 a.m.).