Always Yours, Always Wild

Jungle Party at Heart

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10, 2020

Nurturing Our Core


Always Yours, Always Wild
Always Woodland Park Zoo

"You do such important work. I am a Seattle native and cannot image what my childhood would have been like without the Woodland Park Zoo. Thank you for helping our animal friends and doing so much to promote conservation!"
- Elizabeth T.

"The zoo is vastly important to our families and our community. Thank you for all you are doing to take care of it while we can't be there to visit. Wishing you all well!"
- Ashley K.

"We love animals and we appreciate all your dedication to the animals and your commitment to conservation. We are looking forward to visiting the zoo. We appreciate all of you! Stay strong!"
- Larissa D.

"Zoo walkers program has been an important part of my life since I moved here on retirement a decade ago. Thanks for all staff are doing to care for animals and to keep us in touch remotely."
- Lynda R.


Behind the Scenes

There are many teams that work behind the scenes to keep the zoo running, doing things that the average zoo-goer would never see. Who maintains the grounds and exhibits? Where does the browse come from for the animals? And then what happens to all of the poop? Zoo Doo is just one part of Woodland Park Zoo’s well-oiled facilities team. Your support of the Fund-Our-Future campaign allows programs like Zoo Doo to continue, our grounds to be beautifully maintained and our conservation based mission to thrive.


Animal Welfare

Animal Management does more than just clean exhibits and feed the animals at Woodland Park Zoo, they also work collaboratively across departments to ensure the highest quality of animal welfare for all of the nearly 1,000 animals here at the zoo. Your support of our Fund-Our-Future campaign supports this innovative thinking that provides the highest quality of life for every single animal.


Animal Care

Our animal care team works tirelessly to care for the nearly 1,000 animals at Woodland Park Zoo. Beginning before birth, and extending through the lifetime, they provide individualized care for every single animal. By supporting our Fund-Our-Future campaign, you are supporting the work of Dr. Darin and his team as they bring zoo babies into the world and care for them throughout the lifetime.



Woodland Park Zoo has served as a community anchor and gateway into the world of wildlife for more than a century. With nearly 1,000 animals and a 92-acre green oasis in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, your zoo provides world class care for endangered wildlife, as well as indigenous trees, rare tropical plants and an exceptional Rose Garden. COVID-19 related impacts create an urgent need for philanthropic resources to continue providing exemplary care for our animals and grounds.

Jungle Party’s Fund-Our-Future campaign raises critical funds for Woodland Park Zoo. This year we ask you to consider supporting your zoo by Nurturing Our Core. From animal keepers, to grounds crews, to horticulture specialists and more, it takes a large and diverse team to care for our zoo that has been, and always will be, a beloved point of pride for our entire region. Every day our teams care lovingly for an environment that is healthy and enriching for the animals, as well as enjoyable, educational and memorable for zoo guests. Our zoo is taking extraordinary measures to remain resilient and resolute defenders of our conservation mission.


The Zoo Never Closes

Veterinarians continue to provide lifelong care for each and every animal, young and old, through such things as annual check-ups, preventive care and emergency services.

Our exhibits team enriches the lives of our newest additions. Most recently they modified the tapir exhibit for the tapir birth. The barn was equipped with temperature and humidity sensors to enable staff to monitor temperatures remotely. Tapirs are warm-weather animals so it’s important to ensure the baby does not get chilled.

Our conservation team continues to save species. From a devastating low of 150 turtles to now more than 1,200, Woodland Park Zoo has reared the endangered western pond turtle to establish new populations for nearly 30 years. These tiny turtles spend their first 11 months raised in the safety of the zoo until they are large enough to avoid invasive predators in Washington’s wild wetlands.

Enrichment is essential! Animal keepers continue to bring joy to our animals with the help of the zoo’s browse gardens which nurture the animals and enrich the exhibits. For example, jaguars enjoy catnip, giraffes love fresh branches of maple or willow and flowers are a favorite of our gorillas.

Composting continues as Woodland Park Zoo is committed to being a steward of the environment and turning animal waste into a valuable resource.

Woodland Park Zoo opened its doors 120 years ago and we intend to be here for the next hundred. We need your help through this crisis to ensure your zoo continues to thrive into the future. A gift made to Fund-Our-Future at Jungle Party is a gift made directly to Nurturing the Core of the zoo. Our future is made possible because of the support of community members like you.


What is Nurturing Our Core?

This year, your Fund Our Future gift will support critical operations of the zoo like:


Underpins nearly one month of our veterinary team that provides world-class medical care to nearly 1,000 animals.


Helps support an entire year of herring, trout and other fish for our colony of penguins.


Cares for Ambassador Animals like Lucy the raccoon or Skyáana the porcupine for three weeks—from their specialized diets to behavioral training and world class veterinary care.


Helps provide comprehensive neonatal care for our baby tapir and additional training with mom Ulan for one month.


Feeds the red panda trio, gray wolf or red ruffed lemur for six months.


Provides six months’ worth of sawdust for animal bedding at the Family Farm.


Enriches our primates by providing exercise and enrichment with flexible artificial vines.


Feeds the snowy owl or wallaby with nutritious food for one month.


Provides two filters to ensure clean water for our growing turtles! Filters help ensure a clean, healthy environment for the western pond turtle hatchlings.

Thank You

Your Fund-Our-Future investment will help ensure Woodland Park Zoo’s continuity as an icon of caring for our community and ability to provide lifelong memories for generations.