Linking conservation action, health and sustainability in our Pacific Northwest

A Signature Program of Woodland Park Zoo



Woodland Park Zoo is located in the Pacific Northwest. A location with a reputation for its scenic beauty and relative wildness. Surrounded by waterways, forests and mountains, we connect with nature all around us. Our everyday choices have an impact on the amazing landscape we call home. The way we store our garbage impacts the health of bear populations. The way we tend to our gardens impacts pollinators and the health of the Puget Sound. The way we protect top carnivores, such as gray wolves, also helps protect a whole range of species and habitats below them.

The Living Northwest Program combines conservation programs that focus on native species restoration, habitat protection, wildlife education and human-wildlife conflict mitigation across the Pacific Northwest. These strategies improve the health of our wildlife populations, the health of our ecosystems, and the health of our communities.

Recovery Projects


The result of unsustainable hunting, industrialization, or urbanization and agricultural practices have seen a dramatic reduction in wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Carnivores, raptors, reptiles and amphibians have been impacted by habitat loss and the use of harmful pesticides in these human-dominated landscapes. The Living Northwest Program focuses on identifying and helping to ameliorate the causes of their decline, and support efforts that encourage species and habitat recovery and long-term persistence.




The Living Northwest Program works to enhance the ability of people to live side-by-side with nature. Encouraging people to coexist with their wild neighbors can help educate and build empathy for threatened species, resulting in support for the conservation of wildlife in remote areas. The Living Northwest Program helps people living in urban, suburban, and exurban regions better understand, connect with, and coexist with the wild species that live among us.