New Day New Zoo
Every day is different at the zoo

With each new day comes a new zoo. So come see what’s new today!



Woodland Park Zoo Mobile App
Free mobile app puts the zoo in your hands

Track your visit with a GPS-enabled map, customize your schedule, access animal fact sheets, and take unique tours with the free mobile app available for iOS and Android. 

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Daily activities, programs and special tours

Programs offered May 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014 except where noted

All programs are free with zoo admission or membership except where noted. Activities are subject to cancellation. For the most up-to-date info, please check the daily activities kiosk at either zoo entrance when you visit.



Daily Activities

All activities are offered daily except where otherwise noted.
* Fee-based program, cash only.

Carousel at Woodland Park Zoo

Ride the Historic Carousel

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

$2 a ride in addition to zoo admission

Enjoy rides on the classic, hand-carved wooden carousel horses. Don’t miss the solar panel installation—these horses run on sun!

Willawong Station bird feeding 

Willawong Station Bird Feeding

9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Willawong Station

Entry to Willawong Station is free with zoo admission; seed sticks are $1 each, cash only.

Travel to the world of the Australian parrot and the Australian grasslands habitat. Willawong Station is a fun opportunity for the whole family to get up close and feed birds in a controlled, safe environment. The aviary includes approximately 70 free-flying birds, primarily small colorful Australian parrots.

Wildlife Survival Zone Activities

Wildlife Survival Zone Activities

10:00 a.m. – noon, Wildlife Survival Zone

How do zoos decide which animals live at your zoo? How is Woodland Park Zoo helping the captive cheetah population? How do zookeepers safely take care of big cats? We answer these questions and more in our Wildlife Survival Zone. Here’s your chance to play the role of a zoo manager or zookeeper, and learn how to care for animals at the zoo, around the country and in the wild.

Wildlife Survival Zone Activities

Giraffe Feeding Experience*

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., African Savanna

Get up close to feed the giraffes on a raised platform in the African Savanna. Due to appetites or weather, giraffes might not feed or feedings might be cancelled. Your understanding is appreciated!

Cost: $5 per person, cash only. Children ages 2 and under free with paying adult.

Giraffe Feedings in July
The giraffe feeding schedule may be interrupted while we introduce our newest giraffe to the herd.

Family Farm Contact Area

Family Farm Contact Area

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Family Farm

Touch domestic farm animals and learn more about them in supervised areas at the Family Farm.

Keeper Talk

Keeper Talk

11:30 a.m., locations vary (see kiosks for location)

Meet a zookeeper and learn more about animal care at Woodland Park Zoo. See kiosk for location.

Sunday: Orangutans
Monday: Gorillas
Tuesday: African Savanna Talk @ Schoolhouse
Wednesday: Flamingos
Thursday: Red Panda
Friday: Snow Leopards
Saturday: Komodo Dragons

Raptors In Flight Program

Raptors In Flight Program

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Except Tuesdays), Raptor Center

Here’s your chance to learn more about birds of prey. Keepers will introduce you to our resident raptors while demonstrating their impressive flying and hunting skills. A must see!

Clicker Training & You/Animal Enrichment

Clicker Training & You/Animal Enrichment Programs

11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. (Tuesdays only), Raptor Center

Yes, we mean you! This fun-filled program highlights the great care we take of our animals through positive training and rewards. We’ll show you how clicker training works for zoo animals and your pets at home too. We will also look at the different types of enrichment we provide our diverse collection of animals and how animals can enrich our own lives!

Content varies on animal availability and weather.

Asian elephant conservation

Elephant Conservation Talk

Offered Fri., Sat. & Sun. ONLY

11:30 a.m., Elephant Forest (located at the Pool)

Learn about the zoo’s magnificent elephants. Discover how Woodland Park Zoo supports elephant conservation in the wild and what you can do to help.

Our Changing Climate Activities

Offered Fri., Sat. & Sun. ONLY

Noon – 2:00 p.m., Northern Trail Tundra Center

Play some large scale versions of your favorite games to learn about your carbon footprint and see how your actions matter.

Raptor Staff Talk

Raptor Staff Talk

1:00 p.m. (Except Tuesdays), Raptor Center

How does zoo staff take care of birds? Learn about bird body language, migration, and how you can help protect wild raptors.

Nature Exchange

Nature Exchange

1:00 – 4:00 p.m., daily

Investigate shells, plants, fossils, minerals and the fun of collecting!  Bring in your drawings, photos, research or cool nature items. You can earn points to trade for the natural items in our ever-changing collection. Also, come learn how you can recycle special items to earn even more points!

Colobus Monkey Keeper Talk

Colobus Monkey Keeper Talk

1:30 p.m., Tropical Rain Forest

How do zookeepers check a monkey’s teeth? Tails? Tummies? Come and find out! Training our animals makes it easier to take care of them—for the monkeys as well as the keepers—and it’s fun!

Elephant Feeding*

Elephant Feeding*

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Except Tuesdays), Elephant Forest

Meet a keeper and feed an elephant! Offer some fresh bamboo and learn how you are helping to save elephants in the wild. Due to appetites, elephants might not feed. Cost: $5 per person, cash only.

Penguin Keeper Talk

Penguin Keeper Talk

2:00 p.m., Humboldt penguin exhibit

Meet a zookeeper taking care of the zoo's dynamic Humboldt penguins, and learn how these endangered birds live at the zoo and in the wild.

Elephant Poo Papermaking

Elephant Poo Papermaking

2:00 – 4:00 p.m., African Village

Take upcycling into your own hands—and feet!—by making your very own Poo Paper. Pedal our new Fender Blender to pulp recycled zoo paper, add elephant dung and make poo something wonderful for you!

Cheetah Staff Talk

Cheetah Staff Talk

3:00 p.m., Wildlife Survival Zone

Come welcome our new cats to the zoo! Learn more about our new arrivals, cheetah conservation and the Species Survival Plan.

Zoomazium | Appropriate for ages 0-8 years and their caregivers



9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., daily

Kids 8 and under and their caregivers love Zoomazium! The indoor, nature play space offers play and learning in a fun, safe and stimulating environment all year long. Here, kids can connect with animals, habitats and more through the natural language of childhood—play! Crawl through a hidden cave. Climb a giant strangler fig tree. Enjoy daily programs for toddlers and older children. Free with zoo admission.


Creature Feature

Creature Feature

10:30 a.m., daily

Children can get up close with live, furred, feathered or scaly animals. Meet the star from a puppet story. Practice observation skills to discover who’s in the Mystery Box. Design a play space for a curious creature and watch as it explores.

Shake Rattle and Roar

Shake, Rattle & Roar (a toddler dance party)

11:30 a.m., daily

Toddlers and caregivers are invited to sing, dance and play instruments to animal- and nature-themed music.

Nature Exchange

Nature Exchange

1:00 – 4:00 p.m., daily

Investigate shells, plants, fossils, minerals and the fun of collecting! Bring in your drawings, photos, research or cool nature items. You can earn points to trade for the natural items in our ever-changing collection. Also, come learn how you can recycle special items to earn even more points!

Zoomazium Puppet Show

Puppet Show

4:30, daily during July & August, weekends only during May, June & September

Animal puppets tell musical stories and dance with children after the show.

Special Tours

Grizzly bear at Northern Trail

Real Close Tour

June 27-September 28, 2014
Fridays – Sundays, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Prices vary, tour space is limited. See Real Close Tours for details.

Explore award-winning Woodland Park Zoo on a 90-minute guided tour. From the zoo’s South Plaza you’ll visit our award-winning African Savanna and Village, get up close and personal with some of the Savanna’s feathered residents, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the heart of the zoo’s operations area, including the greenhouses—home to more than 900 orchids and other New and Old World tropical plants used in a variety of zoo exhibits—and commissary, where all of the food for our more than 1,000 animal residents is stored and prepped. Think your pets at home eat a lot? Wait until you see how much food it takes to keep our gorillas and grizzly bears happy!

Woodland Park Zoo mobile app

Free Mobile App Tours

Explore a whole new zoo each time you visit by taking one of our mobile tours, available in the Maps section of the free Woodland Park Zoo mobile app for iOS and Android. GPS-guided tours direct you to highlights around the zoo with step-by-step directions, following fun themes like:          

Rainy Day

Discover the dry, covered spots that make even a rainy day at the zoo a blast.

Hidden Zoo

Find the little details that tell big stories in award-winning exhibits.

What Does Climate Change Mean?

Take a walk through the Northern Trail and discover how climate change is already impacting people, places and animals. Then pledge to take action with a photo postcard.

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