Northwest NEWS

April 3, 2000


New spring hours, programs for zoo

   Woodland Park Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily. Closing times vary: March 15 through April 30, 5 p.m.; May 1 through Sept. 14, 6 p.m.; Sept. 15 through October 14, 5 p.m.; October 15 through March 14, 4 p.m. All visitors must exit the zoo grounds one hour after the zoo closes.

   Spring programs are effective through May 19, except as noted, and are free with zoo admission. Locations of programs are posted at zoo entries.

   Elephant Baths: 10 a.m. daily. Watch the keepers as they give the elephants their daily baths at the Elephant Barn. Discover how baths play an important role in maintaining an elephant's health. (Note: Elephant Baths may be discontinued on a daily basis because of the needs of the pregnant elephant.)

   Contact Area: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays. Touch domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm. Subject to cancellation due to weather. (Note: The Contact Area will open weekends in mid-April; the exact date will be announced.)

   Humboldt Penguin Feeding: 11 a.m. Fridays. Here's your chance to talk with zoo staff and watch as they feed live fish to the endangered Humboldt penguins.

   Ocelot Feeding: 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, Fridays. Watch as zoo staff feed live fish to the ocelot and learn how a variety of feeding techniques are used to enrich the lives of the zoo's animals.

   Discovery Barn: noon to 3 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays. Peer through a microscope for an up-close view of snakeskin sheds, animal horns, and butterfly wings. Through self-directed activities, crafts, and a variety of "hands-on" experiences, discover how animals use their amazing senses to survive.

   Raptors: 2 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays. Keepers will introduce you to our resident raptors. Here's your chance to learn more about these hunters of other birds, mammals, and fish. Subject to cancellation due to weather.

   For additional information, call (206) 684-4026 (TDD), or visit the website at