Northwest NEWS

October 14, 2002


Winter at the Zoo

Programs at the Woodland Park Zoo are effective Nov. 1-Feb. 28.
   Locations of programs are posted at zoo entries.
   African Village Exploration — November only: 11 a.m. daily. Explore the characteristic and often undetected features of this fascinating exhibit with zoo staff. Discover how it represents life in an East African village.
   Discovery Barn — noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays only. Discover how birds use their amazing adaptations for survival through self-directed activities, crafts and a variety of hands-on opportunities for kids.
   Humboldt Penguin Feeding — 11 a.m. Fridays. Here's your chance to talk with zoo staff and watch as they feed fish to the endangered Humboldt penguins.
   Ocelot Feeding — 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Watch as zoo staff feed live fish to an ocelot and learn how keepers use a variety of feeding techniques to enrich the lives of the zoo's animals.
   Reticulated Python Snake Feeding — 11:30 a.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 26, Jan. 30 and Feb.27 only. Snakes swallow their prey whole and can eat large animals relative to their own size. Find out how while watching a keeper feed an 18' reticulated python or other large snake in the Day Exhibit. Program is dependent on the snake's appetite (prey fed to snake is not alive).
   African Village Theater — November only: 10 a.m., noon Monday - Friday; noon, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Share an unforgettable experience of African culture through storytelling, theater or song.
   Raptors — 2 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Keepers will introduce you to resident raptors. Here's your chance to learn more about these hunters of other birds, mammals and fish. Subject to cancellation due to weather.
   African Wild Dog, a new exhibit at the Zoo Observe these highly social carnivores, also known as painted dogs, Cape hunting dogs or African hunting dogs, near the lion exhibit in the zoo's award-winning African Savanna.
   Reptiles on Wheels/Bugs on Wheels— While visiting the zoo, look for special carts with banners titled Reptiles on Wheels or Bugs on Wheels. Stop by to see strange and beautiful bugs, snakes or lizards up close.
   Habitat Ramblers: Look for the "Ask Me" Button Be on the lookout for a Habitat Rambler wearing an "Ask Me" button. Using a variety of animal props and enrichment items used by keepers, volunteer Habitat Ramblers provide information about bioclimatic zones, animal enrichment activities and conservation efforts.
   African Village
   View the land and the wildlife of East Africa - zebra, giraffe, oryxand monkeys - through the eyes of the people who live there. As you meander through an African rural village, you'll encounter a traditional house, primary school, teacher's house, community pavilion, and more as you enter the gateway to the zoo's award-winning African Savanna exhibit.
   Discovery Boxes
   Have you ever touched an elephant tusk or seen a giraffe skull? Unique hands-on experiences await you at discovery boxes located at various zoo exhibits. Zoo docents are available to answer your questions.
   Winter Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4p.m. daily Oct. 15 through March 14.
   For more information, call (206) 684-4800 or (684) 4026.
   Zoo Gates * The North Gate off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. closes
   for the winter on October 15. The South Gate at N. 50th St. & Fremont
   Ave. N. and West Gate at N. 55th St. & Phinney Ave. N. are open through
   Winter programs
   General Information
   Zoo admission: Adult (18-64) $10.00; Senior (65+) and Student with ID
   $9.25; Youth (6-17) and Disabled $7.50; Preschool (3-5) $5.25; Toddler
   (0-2) Free. King County residents: Adult (18-64) $9.00; Senior (65+) and
   Student with ID $8.25; Youth (6-17) and Disabled $6.75; Preschool (3-5)
   $4.75; Toddler (0-2) Free. Zoo members receive free zoo admission
   Parking: $3.50. Parking is limited. Please call Metro at 206.553.3000
   for bus service to the zoo.
   Information: (TTY) or visit our Web site at
   People with disabilities will be accommodated on request. A two-week
   notice is requested for sign language interpreters by calling zoo
   general information.
   Hours: Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily, 365 days of the year. Closing
   times vary: 5:00 p.m. March 15 through April 30; 6:00 p.m. May 1 through
   September 14; 5:00 p.m. September 15 through October 14; 4:00 p.m.
   October 15 through March 14.
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