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A Meal Fit for a Gorilla...and Us, Too!

Thank you for feeding big animal appetites with your generous donation! Now let’s feed yours. Enjoy these sweet, inquisitive animals as they chow down on some grub.









Your gifts keep our animals thriving with individualized diets packed with love...and science.

From carnivores to herbivores, newborns to geriatric animals, our animal keepers and veterinarians work together with nutritionists to create customized, healthy diets for more than 1,200 animals at Woodland Park Zoo.

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What do the gorillas eat every day?

20 Heads, Quartered Celery
9 Whole Cucumbers
140 lb. Alfalfa
20 Heads, Quartered Romaine
25 lbs. Whole Carrots
1 1/4lb. Broccoli (bunch)
10 Bunches of Spinach
12 Bananas with peel

32 Bunches Bok Choy
4 1/2 lbs. Yams
4 lbs. Grapes
11 Quartered Apples
10 Quartered Oranges with peel
16 Bunches Swiss Chard
2 Whole Mangos
15 Bunches Kale

The zoo's eight gorillas eat a massive amount of produce each year!

  • Romaine Lettuce: 10,000 pounds
  • Celery: 218,400 pounds
  • Cucumber: 32,760 pounds


Our animal diet specialists created these human-friendly recipes for you to make with family and friends,
inspired by some of the nutritious meals they create for our animals.




Strong, healthy animals require vitamins and nutrients just like humans do. In order to make vitamin and nutrient supplements more palatable for our ring-tailed lemurs, Woodland Park Zoo’s Animal Diet Specialists mix them into a tasty bar that the lemurs enjoy eating. Coconut, sweetened condensed milk and bananas make these bars a snack that our lemurs crave…and they don’t even realize it’s good for them too!


2 bananas, previously frozen and thawed, peeled
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup Rice cereal
1 cup Rolled oats
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup Sweetened condensed milk


Peel and mash bananas. Add honey and condensed milk, mix together. In a separate bowl, mix remaining dry ingredients. Incorporate wet mixture and fold together. If the mixture is too dry, add warm water. Line the baking dish with pieces of plastic wrap, so it is overhanging all sides. Places mixture in baking dish and spread evenly.

You will also need: 9x13 baking dish, Mixing bowls (2), Plastic wrap




Zookeepers whip up a "mash" of their own for our sloth bears! Omnivorous sloth bears are famous for their lips, which they use to suck insects out of dirt mounds in the wild. At the zoo, keepers spread the yummy mash into logs and crevices to encourage our bears' instinctive behaviors of licking and "vacuuming" up the tasty treat.


1/2 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Egg
3/4 cup Oats
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/4 cup All-Purpose flour
1/2 cup Dried Pineapple, diced
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 cup Honey, drizzle for garnish


Mix the dry ingredients (oats, cereal, flour, pineapple, and baking soda) in mixing bowl. In a seperate bowl, cream together peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Fold in egg. Gradually add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture and fold together. On a greased baking sheet, drop 2 Tbsp. sized cookies, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, drizzle with honey.