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Rare Edwards's Pheasant Hatches

An Edwards’s pheasant has hatched at Woodland Park Zoo, marking the first hatching of this species for the zoo. This pheasant is believed to be extinct in the wild.

The Edwards’s pheasant is rare in zoos with only 15 individuals living in seven zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Woodland Park Zoo has had the species in its collection since 2012.

“This is a very significant hatching for the species, particularly since its existence in the wild is questionable and there are so few living in zoos,” said Shawn Pedersen, a collection manager at Woodland Park Zoo. “As an extra precaution, our zookeepers are hand-rearing the chick to help ensure acceptable weight gains and closely monitor important milestones.”

Marty welcomes the weekend with a twig and wiggle!

Born April 4 to porcupine parents Molly and Oliver, 8-week-old Marty is quickly developing a healthy appetite and treats herself to leaves, twigs and bark throughout her exhibit.

The youngster has access all day and night to the North American porcupine exhibit in the zoo’s award-winning Northern Trail, and visitors are encouraged to pay her a visit.

Rare Indochinese Box Turtle Hatches

Our zookeepers put long hours into incubating eggs, maintaining a warm, safe environment for those about to hatch. When they are lucky, they get to see the big payoff happen before their eyes!

Zookeepers are especially excited about this tiny addition, as it marks the first hatching of this critically endangered species at our zoo. And that’s even more important when you realize there are only 19 Indochinese box turtles in North American zoos in total! The hatching marks a triumph for a species struggling to survive in a world where almost 50% of known turtle species are listed as “Threatened.”


Learn about the rare Indochinese Box Turtle hatchling


Pouch checks reveal incredible first stages of a joey’s life

A 7-month-old wallaby who is just emerging from its mother’s pouch....and a nearly 4-month-old wallaroo who is giving us a whole new perspective on what goes on inside the pouch.

Find out more about these two incredible babies


Porcupine baby will make you squee

The littlest new addition to Woodland Park Zoo is a female North American porcupine, born April 4 in our Northern Trail exhibit. Porcupine babies, known as porcupettes (seriously), are born with a soft coat of quills that begin to harden within hours of birth. This immediately protects them from predators...and thick gloves immediately protect us from them! Our porcupette was born to Molly and Oliver, both 3-year-old residents of Northern Trail. This is their second offspring. The baby has access all day and night to the porcupine exhibit, but for now prefers to spend most of her time exploring in a den behind the scenes.

Read more about our new porcupette baby


Littlest otters get practice time outside

Guntur, the infamously over-protective otter dad, has finally let the newest pups take their first steps outside! The four pups—three girls and one boy born in January — have only had a few tiny adventures outdoors so far. Though they step out for only a few minutes at a time, the good news is that dad seems to be getting more comfortable each time. Keep in mind if you’re planning a visit that the otters’ time outside is still quite irregular. Though we provide outdoor access, it’s ultimately their choice whether to go out and how long to spend out there. We ask for your patience for a few more weeks as the family gets settled!

Find out more about the pups first visits into their exhibit!


Jaguar cubs tear into 1st birthday treats

Happy 1st birthday, Kuwan, Arizona and Inka! The jaguar cubs received curry-scented piñatas for the occasion. Following the trail of the enticing scent, the cubs quickly spotted and went after the decorations. Almost immediately “Happy Birthday” became “Happ Birthday” when Kuwan took down the turtle piñata on the end. 

Read more about the jaguar cubs' 1st birthday!


Otter Pups Receive Their First Checkup



The four new otter pups at Woodland Park Zoo received a clean bill of health today during their first, hands-on wellness exam. Since their birth, the entire otter family has been involved in making the pups’ feel at home and even teaching them how to swim! Recently the four new pups’ had the opportunity to explore their exhibit for the first time, but their protective father kept them indoors! Stay tuned for more information once an official debut has been planned.

Learn more about the baby otters wellness exam on the zoo blog

Four more otter pups join the family


Welcome the newest zoo babies: four Asian small-clawed otter pups born January 20, 2014! The pups—three females and one male—are behind the scenes with mom and dad for now. Their four older brothers also help out with raising them, which means viewing is a bit irregular on exhibit right now with the family sticking close together behind the scenes.

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Read about the 2013 births

Young Komodo dragons go on view

Komodo dragon baby

Even dragons start out small. Have you seen the two Komodo dragon juveniles now living at the Adaptations Building at the zoo? Born in January 2013 at the Memphis Zoo as part of the Species Survival Plan for this endangered species, the duo moved here this summer to be raised in our ample dragon digs. 

Learn more about the young dragons

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's Komodo dragon conservation efforts


Six flamingo chicks hatched

Flamingo chick

There’s been a break in the sea of pink over at the flamingo exhibit. Six tiny, white puffs in the form of flamingo chicks have hatched out on exhibit. Generally, we let the chicks stay on the nest for the first five days, where they are well looked after by their parents. But once they become a bit more mobile and are ready to head out of the nest, we bring the chicks and their parents behind the scenes where they can get through the first few weeks of rearing together in a more protected environment.

Flamingo chick in nest

So far, all of the parents are doing a good job. The first week or two are the most critical to make sure the chicks are properly feeding and parents are being attentive. We expect the young families to return back on exhibit in the next few weeks once the chicks are old enough and coordinated enough to be safe, and that’s when you’ll be able to see the new additions!

Learn more about flamingos 

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's flamingo conservation efforts 


Seattle's tallest baby (finally) arrives!

Giraffe born 8/6/2013

Look who’s here! Say hello to the tallest baby in town. Mom Olivia gave birth Aug. 6, 2013 at 7:03 p.m. Born nearly 6 feet tall, the male giraffe calf, Misawa, is growing rapidly and stealing hearts along the way. Visitors can look for the calf daily in the outdoor area of the Giraffe Barn from mid-mornings through afternoons. When he has grown a bit more coordinated and gets through some early stages of training with his keepers, he'll be introduced to the savanna in the coming months.

Learn more about the giraffe birth

Watch the live cam inside the Giraffe Barn

Small-clawed otter pups swim and play outdoors

Asian small-clawed otter pups


Our pair of Asian small-clawed otters gave birth to a litter of four boys in June 2013, just one month after debuting in their new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit!

Both parents play a role in rearing pups and they have done a wonderful job of slowly introducing their pups to the exhibit and teaching them how to navigate and swim. The family has access to the exhibit daily, 10:00-11:45 a.m. and noon-3:30 p.m. 

Learn more about Asian small-clawed otters


Jaguar triplets on view

Cubs have exhibit access daily, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


We’re seeing spots…and it’s a good thing! Born March 22, the jaguar cubs have now officially made their debut. 

Tips for viewing:

  • Look for the cubs cozying up in the cave area or exploring the higher reaches of the exhibit.
  • The cubs may begin retreating to their behind-the-scenes bedroom by 3:00 p.m.



Learn more about the jaguar cubs

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's jaguar conservation efforts



Endangered red-crowned crane hatches

A male red-crowned crane chick joined our baby boom May 13 and brought with it hope for the endangered species and its counterparts in the wild. The fluffy, brown chick is finding his way through the wetland exhibit with a little help from his parents, who are no strangers to rearing healthy chicks. 

Learn more about the crane chick

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's crane conservation efforts


Eight penguin chicks hatch

This season brings eight new additions to our endangered Humboldt penguin colony, bringing the total number of penguins hatched at the zoo since the exhibit opened in 2009 to 32!

The chick seen here at 10 days old hatched on April 27 to 13-year-old father Pizarron and 3-year-old mother Maria, who herself was born at the zoo in 2010. The chicks have grown quite large since their first days and have now joined the colony on exhibit. You can tell them apart from the adults by their grayish feathers.

Learn more about the penguin chicks

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's penguin conservation efforts


Not a dandelion. It's a tawny frogmouth!

The tawny frogmouths didn’t want to be left out of the zoo’s baby boom, so they hatched their first chick of the season. Adult frogmouths sport mottled, grayish feathers that let them camouflage themselves like a dead tree branch, but they start life as a little, white puffball, covered in downy feathers. This chick, seen here at one day old, lives with its parents behind the scenes as part of a conservation breeding program. 

Learn more about the hatching



Twin sloth bear cubs now on exhibit

The sloth bear twins born back in December had been staying close by mom’s side in their behind-the-scenes maternity den their earliest months. But now that they are getting bigger and more independent, look for them climbing and exploring all over their outdoor exhibit! 

Learn more about the sloth bear cubs

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's conservation projects in Asia


Tree kangaroo joey

Though it was born in June 2012, zookeepers did not see our newest tree kangaroo until earlier this year when the joey finally emerged from its mother’s pouch!

Tree Roo 

Currently, our young tree kangaroo lives in an off-view exhibit where it continues to bond with its mother in a quiet, controlled area. The rare birth is part of the Species Survival Plan cooperative breeding program for this endangered species.

Explore Woodland Park Zoo's Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program


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The births of these animals help to raise awareness of the issues facing their wild counterparts trying to survive in diminishing habitats.

Learn more about the conservation issues facing jaguars, lions, penguins, sloth bears and tree kangaroos, and what Woodland Park Zoo is doing—with your support—to make a difference.

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