About the Zoo

We are a non-profit zoo dedicated to saving animals and habitat.



Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.


About Woodland Park Zoo

Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo has sparked delight, discovery and unforgettable memories for generations of Northwest families. People who experience the wonders of the natural world are inspired to protect it. That's why every year we lead more than 1 million people on a journey that inspires a lifelong love of animals, makes science come alive, and gives people the tools to take conservation action.


Stand Together for Wildlife

We must do more to save wildlife and wild places. It is time to unite all our voices and all our choices for the cause. It is time to ignite a movement for conservation.

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Board of Directors

Meet the community leaders who guide Woodland Park Zoo's mission and vision.

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Executive Leadership Team

Read the biographies of the executives who make up the zoo's leadership team.

Meet the leaders

Reports and Finances

Follow the zoo's annual plans and accomplishments.

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Woodland Park Zoo is part of a vibrant community. Explore programs and news for zoo neighbors. 

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Zoo History

See how Woodland Park Zoo has transformed since opening in 1899.

Read a brief zoo history


Woodland Park Zoo's animal exhibits, conservation and education programs are among the most highly rewarded across the nation.

See a select list of awards

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

Humane Certification
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103   |  206.548.2500  |   zooinfo@zoo.org

To protect animals most at risk from exposure to avian influenza, some exhibits are temporarily closed or empty, and programming may be altered.
The Humboldt penguin exhibit is now temporarily open to the public.