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!

Construction will occur at the site of the former Day and Night Exhibits, located at the heart of the zoo, away from the perimeter. Heavier construction with potential neighborhood noise impacts will take place during the second week of May through the end of June. We expect major construction for this phase will be completed by the end of August.

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!


July 24 – August 11, 2023

Building demolition complete, civil and erosion control will be underway.

Expect a decrease in construction traffic at the intersection of North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North.

Trucking hours will be from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.


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.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Humane Certification

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