Photo Essay: A Day at Woodland Park Zoo

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Goat at Woodland Park Zoo Seattle

While Seattle may not be fully engaged in Spring, let alone tiptoeing into summer, there’s no denying that it’s been a lovely holiday weekend.  So with the sun peeking through, I headed off to Woodland Park Zoo, one of my favorite things to do in the nice weather.  Plus, the zoo has a few new exhibits that I hadn’t seen yet including Warthogs and the endangered Warty Pig.

First stop was the Family Farm, a kid friendly stop just to the left of the South Entrance.  It’s mostly farm animals, like this goat, with a few other animals rounding things out.  I love watching the little kids pet the small animals; for many it’s the first glimpse at rural life.

peacock at woodland park zoo seattle

Wandering about the family farm were a few peacocks and pea hens.  This guy spent some time preening before his admiring audience.  These noisy guys just love the attention and always put on a good show.

flamingos at woodland park zoo seattle

Next it was over to see the flamingos, with a viewing area that allows even the shortest kids to get a glimpse of these awkward looking birds.  It seems like they’re spindly legs can barely hold them up, and their ungainly walk made those watching laugh, these guys are always a crowd favorite.

red panda at woodland park zoo seattle

Continuing on, I finally got a glimpse at the Red Panda.  Not really a bear, this charming pair is a specie unto themselves.  Referred to as Harold and Maude (because of their age difference), they were fairly active during our visit.  As a bonus, we were able to catch the zookeeper’s talk which gave us a chance to learn even more about the adorable red panda.

penguin at woodland park zoo seattle

We got to the penguin pool and exhibit right at feeding time.  When the fish came a-calling these guys can a-waddling.

feeding birds at willawong station at woodland park zoo seattle

Off to the Australasia section, the first stop was at the Willawong Station.  I stop here every time I visit the zoo – I love feeding the birds – and you never know when one will hop onto the feed stick.

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Or swoop in for a landing on your shoulder or head.

mom and joey wallaby at woodland park zoo seattle

Continuing on through the Australasia exhibit, were wallbies and emus.  A cute little joey spend his time hopping into and around his indoor play, followed by bursts of energy out in the field.  A mama wallaby was casually eating in another portion of the field, and if you looked really closely, you could see a smaller joey sticking its head out of her pouch.

elephant woodland park zoo seattle

The afternoon finished up with a pass through to look at the oh so cute meerkats, the might komodo dragon, and the tapirs.  We stopped to see the warty pigs from the Philippines, and interesting species that looked like a cross between a large dog, a big, and an anteater.  They were moving too fast to get a photo.  And the final stop for the day – the elephants.

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

One Response to “Photo Essay: A Day at Woodland Park Zoo”

  1. May 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    So nice to see these new exhibits at Woodland Park Zoo. I volunteered there many years ago and helped with the raptor flight show.

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