Woodland Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos on the West Coast. Home to over 1,100 creatures across 300 species (including 35 endangered and 5 threatened species), the zoo has been a sanctuary in the city of Seattle for over 100 years.
Today we are featuring some of the beautiful animals — both in live-in-person form AND in the statuesque variety — found at this spot!
Baby Elephant bronze sculpture by Lon Brusselback (1989), located near elephant barn in the Elephant Forest exhibit.
A big blue ball pays tribute to Hansa, an Asian elephant who died at just six and a half years old. The blue boomer ball was her favorite toy and was placed in the elephant park to help zoo-goers remember her playful spirit.
And, of course, real elephants at Woodland Park Zoo.
Giraffes at Woodland Park Zoo.
The aquatic birds found at Humboldt Penguin Exhibit at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo aren’t the chilly willys we’re used to seeing. These little ones are from the much warmer climate in Peru. This cove is the first sustainable penguin exhibit with geothermal warming and cooling of water and eco-friendly water filtering systems and provides perfect views of them swimming and chilling in both water and on land.
Steps outside the penguin viewing area stood a colorful little one who got away! In 2009 as a fund raising effort for the zoo 62 Seattle artists painted penguins that appeared all around the town!
Snow leopard and Fieldnotes Clipboard bronze sculptures by Gretchen Daiber (2008) at the south entrance of the snow leopard exhibit.
Leopards at Woodland Park Zoo.
From tropical species to the Willawong Station feeding experience to the field of Flamingos, birds of a feather flock together at Woodland Park Zoo…
If you look for it closely you may even find a bench with a few ravens perched upon it. Bird sculptures, of course, but surely the real deal are close nearby too!
Bronze Statue Ravens by Tony Angell (1994) can be found in the Northern Trail exhibit across from the wolf exhibit.
Wrapped up in some muslin and crossing a rickety bridge this Orangutan kind of reminded me of something you’d see in Star Wars…
Orangutan… or Jedi Knight?
Gorillas at Woodland Park Zoo.
Gorilla Family bronze sculpture by Georgia Gerber.
Female and Babies (1993)
Silverback Male (2006)
Just south of the East Gorilla viewing area.
Bears at Woodland Park Zoo.
And a Carousel Bear too!
Carousel Bear wood carving created by Carousel Works, Inc. (2007)
The Heavyweight bronze hippo by Dr. Bart Brent (1997) near hippo exhibit in African Savanna.
Hippo at Woodland Park Zoo.
Kangaroo at Woodland Park Zoo.
Together as One Statue
An owl, a frog, some creatures and critters, and creations.
Together as One, bronze statue by Brad Rude (1998) can be found in front of the Raptor Center.
Site: Woodland Park Zoo
Location: South entrance address: 750 N. 50th Street; West entrance address: 5500 Phinney Ave. N.; North entrance address: 601 N. 59th Street (closed during winter, Oct. 1-April 30)
Cost: Adult: $11 (Oct. 1 to Apr. 30), $16.50 (May 1 to Sept. 30). Child: $8 (Oct. 1 to Apr. 30), $11 (May 1 to Sept. 30). Toddler: Free.
Hours: Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, December 25; October 1 to April 30 — 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily; May 1 to September 30 — 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (visit website for exceptions)
Date: July 1, 2009