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WILDLIGHTS presented by Sound Credit Union Recurring event

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WILDLIGHTS presented by Sound Credit Union

Nov. 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018
Open 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. nightly
Closed Dec. 24 and 25

Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow
Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights and faux snowball fights, Santa, his reindeer and family delights.


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Daily until 12/23/2017
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Microsoft Pollinator Patio

Opening May 25, 2018

Take a walk among a variety of North American butterfly species in the zoo’s immersive Molbak’s Butterfly Garden exhibit. An arching tent structure encloses a landscape of approximately 3,000 square feet, and nearly 500 free-flying butterflies will represent at least 15 species native to North America. Woodland Park Zoo’s seasonal Butterfly Garden emphasizes both the fragility and resilience of nature through the display of what many consider to be among the most beautiful of natural expressions: butterflies and flowers. Guests will learn about the butterfly’s life cycle while watching new butterflies emerge from their chrysalises before flying free in the garden. Behind the Garden is the Microsoft Pollinator Patio where guests can enjoy a beautiful stroll among pollinator-friendly plants while learning how to help pollinators in their own backyard. This garden, open year-round, is full of ideas and actions guests can take on behalf of native pollinators such as hummingbirds, beetles, bees and flies.

Free with zoo admission or membership.

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Living Northwest Conservation Day

Saturday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Learn about the survival of bears, wolves, turtles, raptors, and other wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and what these animals need to survive in the wild, how to help keep them safe and how to peacefully coexist.

The zoo’s curious grizzly bear brothers, Keema and Denali, will ransack a make-believe backyard setting with all the fixings of a picnic left behind including a kiddy pool, a grill with hamburgers and hot dogs, cupcakes, fruit and juice, and non-safe garbage cans. Pick up some bear-proof tips as the bears demonstrate what goes wrong when food and garbage aren’t stored properly.

Free with zoo admission or membership.

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April 20 – October 7, 2018

Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the National Geographic Photo Ark project aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Open your eyes to the beauty and wonder we can #SaveTogether as you take in 56 stunning animal portraits displayed across Woodland Park Zoo. Free with zoo admission or membership.




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Grand opening day activities will include rhino keeper talks, free rhino stickers and a new costumed rhino mascot. Stop by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s “Turn In a Poacher” trailer to learn how to report suspicious fish and wildlife activities, and meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife inspectors at the exhibit’s wildlife trafficking display. In addition, enjoy raptor flight programs and a variety of animal care keeper talks and activities throughout the zoo and in Zoomazium.

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