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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


May 2, 2012

Media preview: new warthogs and rare Visayan warty pigs 

Gigi Allianic, Rebecca Whitham
206.548.2550 |


The media are invited to a sneak peek of Woodland Park Zoo’s new critically endangered Visayan warty pigs and African warthogs on May 3. The wild pigs will make their public debut on May 5 at Woodland Park Zoo. Special weekend activities are planned. Shown in photos are a Visayan warty pig at Oregon Zoo and one of the new warthogs at Woodland Park Zoo.

Photo Credit: Ryan Hawk


The media are invited to a sneak peek of Woodland Park Zoo’s new African warthogs and Visayan (vih-SIGH-uhn) warty pigs on May 3. The wild pigs will make their public debut on May 5. Get ready to see the mighty fine swine rooting, dusting and wallowing!

The arrival of the new pig species, presented by U.S. Bank and The Seattle Times, marks the first time that wild pigs will join the zoo’s extensive collection of animal ambassadors.

The critically endangered Visayan warty pigs boast prominent head tufts that resemble the hairdos of punk rockers. The pigs will make their home in a broadleaf tropical forest landscape that evokes the species’ fragile habitat in central Philippines. The exhibit is located in the award-winning Elephant Forest near the elephant pool.

Warthogs, the wild pigs of the African savanna, earned their name from the large facial warts on each side of their tusks and jumped to fame when the character warthog Pumbaa endeared itself to fans of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The warthogs’ exhibit will take visitors to the moist and arid savannas of East Africa and is a part of the 4.5-acre, award-winning African Savanna that offers sweeping views dotted with giraffe, hippos, patas monkeys and lions. 


Media preview: Thursday, May 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Opening weekend: Saturday-Sunday, May 5-6


Park in the inner lot at the NORTH end where the admin. offices are located off N. 59th St. & Phinney Ave. N. Meet at the West Entrance for staff escort


During opening weekend, May 5-6, free piggy banks will be given at the ZooStores to the first 500 kids (age 12 and under) each day. Keeper talks will be presented at the pigs’ exhibits and special pig-themed programming for young kids in Zoomazium.

Zoo hours May 1-September 30: 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily.

The pigs’ exhibits and opening day programs are free with zoo admission. Admission May 1-September 30: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"7.75; Child (3-12) id="mce_marker"1.50; 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.

For more information or to become a zoo member, visit Or call 206.548.2500 or 548.2599 (TTY).


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