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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release

**CALENDAR ADVISORY**

November 30, 2011

Woodland Park Zoo 2012 Calendar of Events
Information is subject to change


Media Contacts:
Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 | woodlandparkzoopr@zoo.org


February 11 

Valentine’s Day Celebration, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Otters, red pandas, snow leopards, gorillas and other animals at Woodland Park Zoo celebrate Cupid’s holiday the wild way with heart-shaped ice pops made of fruit juice, honey, strawberries and cranberries, herbal bouquets, heart-shaped steaks and more animal favorites. The romantic treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.

February 29
March 3

Leap Day: Amphibian Conservation, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where have all the frogs gone? Leap to Woodland Park Zoo and join staff celebrating recent uplifting news stories arising from the amphibian extinction crisis including the successful reintroduction and head starting programs, rediscovery of presumed extinct amphibian species, and populations of some amphibians that are adapting to the effects of amphibian chytrid fungus. Enjoy frog-themed crafts, programming on our leaping friends in Zoomazium and special presentations. Free with zoo admission or membership.

March 3

Rose Pruning Demonstration at Woodland Park Rose Garden, noon-3:00 p.m.
Need tips on pruning roses, using proper tools and more? Come to the Woodland Park Rose Garden for the annual rose pruning demonstration hosted by the Seattle Rose Society. Learn about roses and how to care for them, get answers to your questions by rosarians, and hear a discussion about Woodland Park Zoo’s organic management and IPM techniques used in the Rose Garden. Admission to demonstration and Rose Garden: Free. Zoo parking fee applies.

March 22

Thrive, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Sheraton Downtown Seattle Hotel
Join Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen and the zoo’s Board of Directors for a breakfast celebrating the creation of an all new, naturalistic tiger and Asian bear exhibit complex at the zoo. Special guest speaker is Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, a world leading big cat expert who has dedicated his life to surveying the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats and securing homes for some of the world’s most endangered mammals. Rabinowitz is currently the CEO of Panthera, which focuses on saving and securing a future for wild cats across the globe. For information, contact Katie Klump at 206.548.2421 or katie.klump@zoo.org.

April 7

Bunny Bounce, 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hop, skip and jump to Woodland Park Zoo for the 11th annual Bunny Bounce, featuring amazing egg hunts for children ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters, and eggs-citing zoo programs throughout the day. Space may be limited. Each egg hunt is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Activities are free with zoo admission or membership.

April 7

Easter Baskets for the Animals, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Gorillas, elephants, grizzlies and more nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. The special treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership

May 1

Summer Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily through September 30

May 5

Debut of New Animals: Warthogs and Visayan Warty Pigs
Meet Pumbaa’s cousins and the punk rockers of the pig world when Woodland Park Zoo introduces warthogs and Visayan warty pigs! The pig species will be showcased in two naturalistic exhibits evoking the warty pigs’ fragile habitat in the Philippines and the warthogs’ arid savannas of East Africa. Get ready to see some serious rooting, dusting and wallowing.

May 12

Early Morning Bird Walk, 6:45-9:00 a.m.

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, take a guided tour of zoo grounds with a keeper and learn firsthand about the wild birds that call Woodland Park Zoo home, and those that make it a temporary home during their annual migration. Zookeepers and expert staff will be your guides, giving natural history and birding tips to participants of all ages and levels of experience. The walk will last approximately two hours. Please bring binoculars and weather-appropriate clothing. A light breakfast of pastries and coffee will be served. Cost: $20 per adult non-zoo member; $10 per adult zoo member. Children 12 and under are free. Reservations are required. RSVP by emailing Eric.Kowalczyk@zoo.org. Space is limited to the first 50 RSVPs.

May 12

Mom & Me at the Zoo, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Celebrate mom with the 22nd annual Mom & Me at the Zoo. Moms and families enjoy lots of fun activities on the North Meadow. Free with zoo admission or membership.

June-August

BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru concert series
The ever-popular summer concert series is back for its 29th year, still offering the best concert bargain in the Pacific Northwest. Top artists and singer-songwriters perform outdoors in the zoo’s North Meadow with festival seating. Blankets, low-backed chairs and picnic baskets are welcome.

June 9

Bear Affair and Big Howl for Wolves: Pacific Northwest Wildlife Conservation, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
What happens when you don't store food properly or haphazardly leave garbage around while camping in bear country? Your campsite, or your own backyard, will be crawling with bears, that's what! Get a glimpse of the disastrous results as Woodland Park Zoo's popular grizzly bear brothers tear into a campsite, and learn what steps you can take to properly bear-proof your backyard or campsite. Hear keeper talks with special enrichment treats for bears and wolves as the zoo celebrates their return to Washington and learn what these predators need in order to survive in the wild and how we can all co-exist. Hear about these and other Pacific Northwest wildlife conservation programs. Free with zoo admission or membership.

June 28

Tasting Flight Wine Event at the Zoo, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Uncork some of the Northwest’s finest boutique wines at Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight after hours, adults only event. Winemakers will be on hand to answer questions and give tips to make the most of your tasting experiences. Additional tastings, full bottles of your favorite selections, and small bites from Lancer Catering will also be available for purchase at the event. Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.

June 30
July 1

Red, White & Zoo, 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
It’s a Fourth of July picnic as Woodland Park Zoo’s animals – orangutans, jaguars, hippos, elephants and more – are treated to star-shaped popsicles, watermelons or corn on the cob in celebration of Red, White & Zoo. Hear zookeepers talk about how treats and other activities are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.


July 13

Woodland Park Zoo’s 36th Annual Jungle Party, 5:00-10:00 p.m. (Zoo closes early at 3:00 p.m.) 
It’s Woodland Park Zoo's 36th Annual Jungle Party! Nearly 1,000 of the Northwest's civic and philanthropic leaders come together on the zoo’s North Meadow to indulge in an evening of festivities including fun-filled bidding on several hundred exciting auction items and experiences during the silent and live auctions, a colorful reception, live entertainment, up-close animal experiences for patron guests, a lavish sit-down dinner and open bars. The fundraiser, which raised $1.5 million in 2011, supports the zoo's animal care, conservation and education programs. For more information, contact Aileen O’Connell at 206.548.2547 or aileen.oconnell@zoo.org or visit www.zoo.org/jungleparty.

July 13

Zoo closes early at 3:00 p.m. for Jungle Party

August 4

Snow Leopard Day: Asian Wildlife Conservation, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The sixth annual Snow Leopard day illustrates how the zoo’s partnership is helping to save the endangered cats and bringing life sustaining commerce to indigenous families. Learn more about logging and palm oil, and how your choices and actions can help to save orangutans, Asian elephants, hornbills, tree kangaroos and other endangered animals. The day is filled with activities including keeper talks, face painting, crafts and more. Free with zoo admission or membership.

August 16

Tasting Flight Wine Event at the Zoo, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Uncork some of the Northwest’s finest boutique wines at Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight after hours, adults only event. Winemakers will be on hand to answer questions and give tips to make the most of your tasting experiences. Additional tastings, full bottles of your favorite selections, and small bites from Lancer Catering will also be available for purchase at the event. Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.

October 1

 Winter Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily through April 30

October 4

Brew at the Zoo, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The fabulous tasting event features micro brews and ciders at this adults-only evening. Held in the zoo’s Rain Forest Food Pavilion and Zoomazium, the event also features food and entertainment to “top off” your evening.  Must be 21 and over to attend. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the zoo.

October 13-14, 20-21, 27-28

Pumpkin Bash and Trick-or-Treating, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s family-friendly Pumpkin Bash. Discover a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on pumpkins! The pumpkins are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.  

November 17

Turkey Toss, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
The zoo’s carnivores chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys at the annual Turkey Toss. The turkey treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.

December 17-19, 26-28

Winter Celebration, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Some animals hibernate during the winter, but you don’t have to! Celebrate winter by taking a wildlife trek at Woodland Park Zoo’s Winter Celebration. Discover a repertoire of animal behavior as animals munch on holiday-themed treats such as wreaths with assorted fruit, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, and boughs and wrapped boxes. Winter Celebration is part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors. Free with zoo admission or membership.

General information

Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily October 1 through April 30, and 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily May 1 through September 30. The zoo is open every day except Christmas Day.

Admission: October 1-April 30: Adult (13-64) $11.50; Child (3-12) $8.50. May 1-September 30: Adult (13-64) $17.50; Child (3-12) $11.50. Active and retired U.S. military and their families, seniors and people with physical disabilities receive an admission discount. Zoo members receive free zoo admission year round.

Parking: $5.25. Parking is limited. Consider taking the bus, biking, walking or carpooling. Conserving resources is one more way to help animals. For bus service to the zoo, visit: www.metro.kingcounty.gov.

Location: Enter through the West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.

Gifts/Food: Visit the ZooStores for extraordinary gifts and zoo souvenirs. Stop by the Rain Forest Food Pavilion or other concessionaire locations to quench your thirst or appetite. Open daily during regular zoo hours.

Info: For more information or to become a zoo member, call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY), or visit the zoo’s website at www.zoo.org.

Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting international standards for zoos in animal care, conservation and education programs. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats in Washington state and in 50 countries around the world. By inspiring people to care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future. For more information, visit www.zoo.org.

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