A zoo within a neighborhood

Howdy, neighbors


Woodland Park Zoo has been an urban oasis for the community since 1899. Our collection of animals, commitment to sustainability and dedication to wildlife conservation make it a very special place for families to reconnect and recharge. The zoo’s picturesque location on Phinney Ridge, along with continued support from our neighbors, truly sets us apart from other city assets. 

We value our relationship with the community and are committed to being a good neighbor. Please check back often to stay current on the zoo’s events, exhibits and projects, especially those of particular interest to the neighborhood.


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Construction Updates


Announcing Our New Forest Trailhead Exhibit!

As we continue to build our new Forest Trailhead exhibit opening in 2026, you may see construction activity in spring and summer including the installation of a tower crane on zoo grounds and use of our Flamingo parking lot for construction vehicles. We anticipate minimal disruption to neighbors.

The zoo and its construction partners will follow the City of Seattle’s noise ordinance. Construction activity will occur on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Construction will not occur on weekends. We will limit staging and vehicle idling in neighborhood streets by directing trucks to our parking lots.

For questions or concerns, please email us at zooneighbors@zoo.org or call our 24-hour security line for immediate needs at 206-295-0078.

Thank you for supporting Woodland Park Zoo as we reactivate this space!

Additional details on construction impacts to the neighborhood can be found here: Woodland Park Zoo Forest Trailhead Construction Updates


Upcoming Construction Activity

May 20 – May 24, 2024
Construction team will mobilize. New fence lines will be established around the project site.

May 28 – June 6, 2024
Existing utility cut and caps will take place and the site will be cleared and rough graded.

June 6 – July 2, 2024
New underground stormwater and sewer services will be installed.

July 3 – July 30, 2024
Construction of the Pavilion footings will take place.

Forest Trailhead Construction Updates


Aerial photo of Zoo


An aerial view of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo with the surrounding Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Green Lake is at the top of the photo. The zoo was founded in 1899 when the property, originally an estate and residential development owned by Guy Phinney, was sold to the City of Seattle by his widow.

For more information, visit our History section.



Please email zooneighbors@zoo.org for questions or comments.

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.

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

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