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Every day is different at Woodland Park Zoo. See what the animals are up to today!

 
 

 

 

 

 

OH, BABY! NEW FACES AT THE ZOO

 

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

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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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CONSERVATION CONNECTION

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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