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Woodland Park Zoo - Press Release


December 12, 2012

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

Gigi Allianic, Caileigh Robertson
206.548.2550 |

Orangutans, warthogs, grizzlies, and more will be treated to holiday-themed treats at Woodland Park Zoo’s Winter Celebration, Dec. 17-19 and Dec. 26-28.   

Photo Credit: Dennis Dow/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 elephants, warthogs, tree kangaroos 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. 17-19; Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28, beginning 11:00 a.m.


Monday, Dec. 17                      Tuesday, Dec. 18
Wallaroos/emus 11:00            Orangutans 11:00
Wolves 11:30                             Anoa noon
Golden lion tamarins 1:00        Kunekune pigs 1:30
Elephants 2:00                      Jaguar 2:00

Wednesday, Dec. 19               Wednesday, Dec. 26
Ocelot 11:00                        Ocelot 11:00
Tree kangaroo 11:30             Tree kangaroo 11:30
Meerkats 1:00                      Grizzlies noon
Warthogs 1:30                      Warthogs 1:30
                                         Elephants 2:00

Thursday, Dec. 27                   Friday, Dec. 28
Snow leopards 11:00              Willawong Station 11:30
Wallaroos/emus 11:00            Anoa noon
Gorillas noon                        Kunekune pigs 1:30
Golden lion tamarins 1:00        Elephants 2:00
Jaguar 2:00


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. Admission: Adult (13-64) id="mce_marker"1.75; Child (3-12) $8.50; Toddler (0-2) free. Active, retired, and veteran 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 winter hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily.

Woodland Park Zoo is illuminated in a whole new light at WildLights presented by KeyBank. The zoo’s first ever winter lights festival continues through January 1, 5:30-8:30 nightly. The sparkling, after-hours event will be closed December 24 and 25.

Approximately 375,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe.

Tickets can be purchased online only by visiting Night-of-event tickets will be for sale at the zoo’s West Entrance, if not sold out.  WildLights will be a rain or shine event‒there will be no ticket refunds.

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


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