2023 Annual Plan to the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation

Read the 2023 Annual Plan to Parks (PDF)

This 2023 annual plan for Woodland Park Zoo is submitted to the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation as specified by the Zoo Operations and Management Agreement between the City of Seattle and the Woodland Park Zoological Society. The purpose of the annual plan is to highlight any major program changes, capital improvements or other key developments to improve the zoo as a community-wide asset.

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Strategic Plan: 2018 - 2025

Woodland Park Zoo is evolving to meet current and future needs, shaping and epitomizing the purpose of conservation zoos in the 21st century. In a world of dwindling habitats and climate adaptation for all animals, including humans, we must engage millions of people in a transformational challenge: learning to share the planet’s finite resources sustainably with other species.

Find out more about the Woodland Park Zoo Strategic Plan

Read the Woodland Park Zoo Strategic Plan: 2018 - 2025


Consolidated revenues of operating and capital for 2016 are $43.9 million. The zoo’s finances comprise three key areas:

  • Earned revenues (admissions, membership, community events, etc.) account for 47% of total operating revenues

  • Public funding sources provide 30% of the zoo’s support, including City of Seattle and King County Parks Levy

  • Private contributions from individuals and foundations provide the remaining 23%

Download Financial Reports

Audited Financials (2021)

WPZ Form 990 (2021)

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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.

Humane Certification
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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