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Molbak’s Butterfly Garden

Friday, May 25, 2018 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM


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. Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio are free with zoo admission.


Fees: Free with zoo admission or membership
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Honoring Those Who Serve

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

To honor the veterans and active duty military members in the Puget Sound area, Woodland Park Zoo is hosting Honoring Those Who Serve, a day for military families to enjoy the zoo.

During Honoring Those Who Serve, Woodland Park Zoo will extend free admission to active, reserve, retired, and veteran U.S. military personnel and one family member with valid service identification.

  • Resource fair on veteran and family services
  • Guest speaker on family support services
  • A pop-up story-telling booth where people can record their best memories that day
  • Save 10% at zoo restaurants, concession stands, ZooStore gift shops and Kaman’s Art Shoppes when you show your valid Military identification

August 1 will have extended zoo hours and programing for Evening Zoo as well. The zoo will be open past normal hours until 8:30 p.m. Evening Zoo events include:

  • Presentations from animal ambassadors
  • Music and games on North Meadow
  • Beer and wine garden
  • Zoomazium play area for kids


Wild Asia: Asian Wildlife Conservation Day

Saturday, August 11, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wild Asia: Asian Wildlife Conservation Day illustrates how the zoo’s partnerships are helping to save the endangered wildlife of Asia and bringing life sustaining commerce to indigenous families. Learn more about issues such as poaching and palm oil, and how your choices and actions can help to save Malayan tigers, greater one-horned rhinos, orangutans, tree kangaroos and other endangered animals. The day is filled with activities including keeper talks, crafts, family activities and more.

Activities Include

10:00 a.m.
Tiger keeper talk with enrichment

10:30 a.m.
Red crowned crane keeper talk with enrichment
Snow leopard keeper / Snow Leopard Trust talk with enrichment

10:45 a.m.
Ambassador Animal training – Alvord Broadleaf Theater

11:00 a.m.
Rhino keeper talk
Tiger keeper talk

11:30 a.m.
Asian small clawed otter enrichment
Tapir talk with enrichment

Orangutan keeper talk with enrichment

1:30 p.m.
Sloth Bear Snack
Demoiselle Crane and Asian Brown Tortoise keeper talk

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Rhino Encounter (additional fee)

3:00 p.m.
Red panda keeper talk with enrichment
Ambassador Animal training – Alvord Broadleaf Theater



Experience the wild wonders of Evening Zoo after hours until 8:30 p.m.

Dates: June 21 and 28, July 5, 19 and 26, and August 1

Enjoy the zoo and its wildlife residents on a beautiful summer evening. Take a stroll throughout the zoo and be sure to stop in at Molbak’s Butterfly Garden, Tropical Rain Forest and Willawong Station. An assortment of food and beverages will be available for purchase. Ambassador animal presentations and discovery stations with biofacts and nature-inspired activities are among the Evening Zoo offerings on the spacious North Meadow. Make it a date night or a special evening for the family!

Evening Zoo costs regular zoo admission or is free for zoo members.