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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


December 2, 2011

Editor note: PR staff will not be on grounds during the event. The press may enter zoo grounds without staff escort to photograph/film any of these activities.

Evergreens and wrapped boxes deck the zoo for the animals at Winter Celebration

Media Contacts:
Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |


Animals are treated to fish- or fruit-trimmed wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit and more at Woodland Park Zoo's Winter Celebration on Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 26-28. Free with zoo admission or membership. Photo credit: Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo


Woodland Park Zoo will be decked with fish- or fruit-trimmed wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, or wrapped boxes containing favorite snacks for grizzlies, wolves, orangutans and more at Winter Celebration.

Winter Celebration is part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals. The activities help encourage natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors.


Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 19-21 and Dec. 26-28, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19, 26                                     Tuesday, Dec. 20, 27
11:00 a.m. Sun bears                             11:00 a.m. Orangutans
11:30 Meerkats (12/26 only)                    Noon Turkey vulture (12/20 only)
Noon Grizzlies (12/26 only)                      Noon Porcupines (12/27 only)
1:30 p.m. Pigs                                       1:00 p.m. Golden lion tamarins
1:30 p.m. Meerkats (12/19 only)              1:30 p.m. Tree kangaroo (12/27 only)
1:30 p.m. Tree kangaroo (12/19 only)      2:00 p.m. Tigers
2:00 p.m. Elephants

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 28
11:00 a.m. Ocelots
11:00 a.m. Wallaroos
11:30 a.m. Wolves
Noon Willawong Station (12/28 only)


Enter Woodland Park Zoo through the West Entrance at Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. or South Entrance at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N.


Winter Celebration is free with zoo admission or membership. Admission: Adult (13-64) $11.50; Child (3-12) $8.50; Toddler (0-2) free. 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. For bus service to the zoo, visit:


Zoo fall/winter hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily.

For a complete map of indoor exhibits and covered areas, ask for a Rainy Day Tour map at the gates or visit

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